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Austronesian

(ôs'trōnē`zhən, –shən), name sometimes used for the Malayo-Polynesian languagesMalayo-Polynesian languages
, sometimes also called Austronesian languages
, family of languages estimated at from 300 to 500 tongues and understood by approximately 300 million people in Madagascar; the Malay Peninsula; Indonesia and New Guinea; the Philippines;
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Several hypotheses have been developed about the causes of Austronesian language and population expansion from Taiwan into Island Southeast Asia.
Accordingly, Taiwanese literary scholars have appropriated the Austronesian heritage of Taiwan's Aborigines to construct a "New Taiwan" identity.
The search of the fossil linguistics especially in the Iban language phonology and morphology were then compared to Malay (Melayik) is believed to be able to uncover the veil which proves that the island of Borneo the second homeland of the Malay or Austronesian peoples.
Installing the 'Outside' Inside: The Exploration of an Epistemic Austronesian Cultural Theme and Its Social Significance (revised and extended draft of a paper presented at the first European Association for Southeast Asia Studies Conference, Leiden 1995).
However, problems remain for the whole of WMP: Although Blust (2002: 100) was willing to reconstruct the PWMP etymon with the meaning 'leopard' in an earlier publication, the more general gloss 'wild feline' is chosen now in his Austronesian Comparative Dictionary.
She finds that some H-M terms (relating to hunting, local flora and fauna and rice culture) in this vocabulary are native to the H-M or connected to Austronesian and Mon-Khmer languages, but words from the fields of animal husbandry and non-rice agriculture "show such strong ties to Chinese" and "rice terms show an overlay of Chinese influence, especially with respect to terms for wet rice cultivation .
Tok Pisin, a language with an Austronesian basis, on the other hand, features the noun-genitive order for complex nouns: For example, 'ples balus' is 'place plane', the place of the plane or airport; 'haus pos' is 'house post', the house of the post or post office; and 'tokples' is 'talk place' or the language of the village.
The Austronesian inhabitants of the western plains first encountered state institutions after arrival of the Dutch in 1624 (Andrade 2008); and were gradually subjugated to Qing Dynasty political institutions over the following two and a half centuries (Brown 2004, Shepherd 1993, 1995).
Crossing the Luzon Strait: archaeological chronology in the Batanes Islands, Philippines and the regional sequence of Neolithic dispersal, journal of Austronesian Studies 1(2): 25-44.
Dwelling is another important principle of grouping among the Austronesians (see, for example, Blust 1981, 1987; Macdonald et al.
Thus information regarding the character of Amis social organisation and ritual practice should have particular relevance for anthropological discussions regarding the character of Austronesian societies in the past and present.
His work has been pre-eminent in generating new understanding and fresh debate about the origins of Austronesian language speakers and the spread of agriculture and languages through Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific (e.