Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Austronesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • n. A family of languages that includes the Formosan, Indonesian, Malay, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian subfamilies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Austronesia.
  • n. Any of a family of languages from Austronesia, including Formosan, Indonesian, Malay, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian subfamilies

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of or pertaining to Austronesia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Malay-Polynesian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Austronesia or its people or culture
  • n. the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Austronesia

Etymologies

From German Austronesisch coined by Wilhelm Schmidt; from Latin auster ("south wind") + Greek νήσος ("island"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Traces of Archaic Mitochondrial Lineages Persist in Austronesian-Speaking Formosan Populations."

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  • Ross, Malcolm D. "Some Current Issues in Austronesian Linguistics."

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  • In other words, it was a paper on what we would now call the Austronesian languages.

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  • All of the languages spoken in the region-called the Austronesian languages-can be traced back to a Taiwanese origin.

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  • Thereafter, one or several groups of people migrated North, mixed with previous settlers there and, finally, formed various populations we now refer to as Austronesian,

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  • Thereafter, one or several groups of people migrated North, mixed with previous settlers there and, finally, formed various populations we now refer to as Austronesian, Austro-Asiatic, Tai-Kadai, Hmong-Mien, and Altaic.

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  • Thereafter, one or several groups of people migrated North, mixed with previous settlers there and, finally, formed various populations we now refer to as Austronesian, Austro-Asiatic,

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  • Early Phonetic and Phonemic Changes in Austronesian.

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  • The scientists used computer analysis of vocabulary from 400 "Austronesian" languages to determine how the Pacific was settled.

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  • What about the inhabitants of Bikini Atoll, where some of the fewer than eighty thousand people speak varieties of Marshallese, languages of the Austronesian family?

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