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A subgroup of the Austronesian language family.

Ma·lay′o-Pol′y·ne′sian adj.


(Languages) Also called: Austronesian a family of languages extending from Madagascar to the central Pacific, including Malagasy, Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, and Polynesian. See also Austro-Asiatic
(Languages) of or relating to this family of languages
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Noun1.Malayo-Polynesian - the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific
Austronesian language, Austronesian - the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia
Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic - an eastern subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
Tongan - the Polynesian language spoken by the Tongan people
Western Malayo-Polynesian - a western subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
Adj.1.Malayo-Polynesian - of or relating to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languagesMalayo-Polynesian - of or relating to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages
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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 equatorial populations.
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.