Definition of Austronesian

1. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Austronesia.

Group relationships: Austronesia
Generic synonyms: Denizen, Dweller, Habitant, Indweller, Inhabitant
Specialized synonyms: Nauruan, Polynesian

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of Austronesia or its people or culture.
Partainyms: Austronesia
Derivative terms: Austronesia

3. Noun. The family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia.

Definition of Austronesian

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Austronesia. ¹

2. Noun. Any of a family of languages from Austronesia, including Formosan, Indonesian, Malay, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian subfamilies ¹

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Literary usage of Austronesian

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1911)
"Furthermore, the BI, like its sister Austronesian tongues, forms its substantive by means of prefixes, infixes, reduplication of the stem, and suffixes (pp. ..."

2. A Historical Geography of the British Colonies by Charles Prestwood Lucas (1907)
"Austronesian languages •f'apua"s) have peculiar features, such as the prefixed verbal particle, the possessive suffix, the personal article, the absence of ..."

3. Australasia by John Davenport Rogers (1907)
"The inference seems irresistible that Papuans caught echoes of some Austronesian language from representatives of the Austronesian race who invaded Papuan ..."

4. Indonesia: Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi by David E. Henley (2000)
"The Austronesian Heritage The beginnings of the Neolithic era on Java are generally associated with the arrival of Austronesian-speaking populations. ..."

5. Between East and West: The Moluccas and the Traffic in Spices Up to the by R. A. Donkin (2003)
"Ancestral Austronesian is generally located in Taiwan and adjacent parts of the Chinese mainland. Expansion southward of the subgroup apparently commenced ..."

6. An Indoeuropean Classification: A Lexicostatistical Experiment by Isidore Dyen, Joseph B. Kruskal, Paul Black (1992)
"... Classification of the Austronesian Languages Dyen () which is referred to hereafter as LCAL. Dobson, Kruskal, Sankoff, and Savage () cited 30 published ..."

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