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The Austronesian languages are a language family that is widely...

wikipedia - 07 Nov 2016
The Austronesian languages are a language family that is widely dispersed throughout Maritime Southeast Asia, Madagascar and the islands of the Pacific Ocean, with a few members in continental Asia. Austronesian languages are spoken by about 386 million people, making it the fifth-largest language family by number of speakers, behind only the Indo-European languages, the Sino-Tibetan languages, the Niger-Congo languages, and the Afroasiatic languages. It is on par with Indo-European, Niger–Congo, and
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Finding Filipino fervor

Manila Bulletin - 10 Jun 2018
The top indigenous languages in the country with one million native speakers are Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, and Waray-Waray. Tagalog, the widely spoken language in the country, is distant from the Austronesian languages. It is spoken widely ...
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Austronesian languages conference opens

Focus Taiwan News Channel - 13 Nov 2017
13 (CNA) The 2017 International Austronesian Languages Conference opened Monday, with Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) reiterating that Taiwan aims to forge a special diplomatic link with its Pacific allies. That special diplomatic link must be ...
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Borrowing a leaf from biology to preserve threatened languages

McGill Newsroom - 13 Dec 2017
As a case study, Farrell and co-author Nicolas Perrault, now a graduate student at the University of Oxford, used this approach borrowed from conservation biology to generate rankings for 350 Austronesian languages, spoken in islands scattered across ...
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To save dying languages, use 'evolutionary trees'

Futurity: Research News - 19 Dec 2017
As a case study, Farrell and coauthor Nicolas Perrault, now a graduate student at the University of Oxford, used this approach borrowed from conservation biology to generate rankings for 350 Austronesian languages, spoken in islands scattered across ...
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Window on the Past

Harvard Medical School - 17 May 2018
“The evidence suggests that the first farmers of western Indonesia spoke Austroasiatic languages rather than the Austronesian languages spoken there today,” Reich added. “Thus, Austronesian languages were probably later arrivals.” Additional samples ...
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DNA sheds light on settlement of Pacific

BBC News - 02 Mar 2018
Intriguingly, all of this happened without a replacement in the language. The people of Vanuatu today speak Austronesian languages like those presumably spoken by the Lapita. This may be because a "lingua franca" developed in the region among ...
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How to Speak Gibberish

New York Times - 05 Jan 2018
The actors were Indonesian, so Forsberg studied online videos in various Austronesian languages including Bahasa Indonesia and Sundanese, a language spoken in western Java. “Listen for repeated syllables,” she says. Write them down phonetically.
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New research into the origins of the Austronesian languages

Phys.Org - 28 Jan 2016
THE languages known as Austronesian are spoken by more than 380 million people in territories that include Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar and the islands of the Pacific. How did the population¬s of such a large and diverse ...
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Evolutionary biology can help us understand how language works

The Conversation UK - 10 Oct 2017
We chose to concentrate on the Austronesian language family (a huge family of languages mostly distributed along a broad arc from Taiwan to Easter Island) because quite a lot is known about how it spread. With a decent model of the history of a ...
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What Ancient DNA Can Tell Us About the Settlement of Vanuatu

Atlas Obscura - 05 Mar 2018
They were members of the Lapita culture who first left Taiwan around 5,000 years ago on specialized outrigger canoes that carried farming technology and Austronesian languages everywhere from Madagascar to Easter Island. Around 500 years after their ...
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Papua New Guinea's incredible linguistic diversity

The Economist - 20 Jul 2017
Instead, they are split into dozens of unrelated families (with some isolates—languages with no relatives at all—left over). This contrasts with Papua New Guinea's Austronesian languages, which arrived some 3,500 years ago, probably from a single ...

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