Proto-Austronesian was a language that was spoken about 5,000 years ago near Taiwan. I am just curious about, partly because of the geographic connection, if Chinese is related to the Austronesian language family. Has there ever been a genetic relationship proposed between Austronesian languages and Chinese? My guess is that the language family was last in China around 4,000 BC/BCE.
Note: Austronesian languages started in Taiwan and now range from Madagascar to Easter Island.