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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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This timeframe suggests that the dispersal of bananas from New Guinea to Island Southeast Asia predates Austronesian influence (see Denham 2004; Denham et al.
(1.) What gave rise to the predominant theory that Austronesians have migrated from North Asia is that Austronesian languages outside Taiwan, all part of the subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian, are closely related while all other subfamilies and their languages are found on Taiwan (see Greenhill & Gray 2005, 37).
(7) Peter Bellwood et al., The Austronesians: Historical and comparative perspectives (Canberra: Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1995).
Austronesians, having occupied Maluku and the Lesser Sunda Archipelago well before the Oceanic settlement of southeast Papua, are perhaps unlikely not to have explored further eastwards, skimming the mangrove morass of the west New Guinea coast until finding the islands and sandbeaches of TS and Cape York in their path.
In the video, titled "Two Taiwans, Two Chinas, Twice," Brain4breakfast uses country balls and maps to illustrate the history of Taiwan's Austronesian peoples and the island's interaction with China and other countries over the centuries.
In the next chapter, 'Austronesian Shipping in the Indian Ocean: From Outrigger Boats to Trading Ships', Pierre-Yves Manguin focuses further on the Southeast Asian technological developments in shipping in proto-historical and historical times.
It promotes the current consensus, approaching unmerited status of dogma, on an Austronesian homeland on Taiwan.
(25) Andrew McWilliam, 'Austronesians in linguistic disguise: Fataluku cultural fusion in East Timor', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 38, 2 (2007): 355-75.
Borneo as aceoss-roads for comparative austronesian linguistics, Dlm The Austronesians: Historical and comparative perspectives, Peter Bellwood, James J.
If this turns out to be the case, the find on Liang Island will add to the understanding of the way of life of the ancestors of the Austronesians just before they set out on their epic journey to people the Pacific.