In the second chapter, 'Origins of Southeast Asian Shipping and Maritime Communication across the Indian Ocean', Waruno Mahdi deals with the technologies that enabled the mobility of Malayo-Polynesian
He translated the New Testament into the language of the Sediq, a Malayo-Polynesian
people living in the mountains of Taiwan, and was a consultant on the translation of the Old Testament.
The author is very much aware of the agglutinative nature of Romblomanon, a Malayo-Polynesian
language whose verbs typically do not occur in isolation, i.
At the time of Shi Lang's conquest, Han Chinese were a small minority of the region's population, then consisting of various Austronesian-language, Malayo-Polynesian
ethnic groups closely related to those in Northern Luzon and more distantly to those in what are now Malaysia and Indonesia.
Later on, following the Austronesian-ricefarming seepage into Southeast Asia, the "Malayic" language group of Western Malayo-Polynesian
originated in West Borneo, according to Adelaar.
Evidence for these now-vanished Papuan populations is found in the structure and distribution of contemporary Austronesian languages of eastern Indonesia, with particular reference to the western border of the so-called Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian
languages (Figures 2 and 3), a grouping that has been proposed as a major subgroup within the Austronesian family (Blust 1993).
A continuing anthropological interest in the classic topic of 'taboo' is evidenced by a series of recent writings dealing with Malayo-Polynesian
speaking societies (Ellen 1999; Lambek 1992; Valeri 2000; Walsh 2002).
In Malagasy, the language of Madagascar, the word tavaka covers all this, only making a distinction when the decorative idiom is figurative and a word derived from Malayo-Polynesian
origins -- sari -- is used.
The languages spoken by the peoples of China are classified into five broad language groupings: Sino-Tibetan, Altaic (Korean), Malayo-Polynesian
, Austro-Asiatic, and Indo-European.
In Western Malayo-Polynesian
languages there are two constructions for encoding most two-place predicates.