Questions tagged [austronesian]

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Resources for Indonesian/Austronesian etymology

I'm looking for online resources for Austronesian languages etymology. KBBI doesn't provide any etymology, which is astonishing for such a notable and official dictionary. The only source I've found ...
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Similarities between Proto-Austronesian and Chinese?

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 ...
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When was Proto-Austronesian spoken?

I read on Wikipedia that the language that Hawaiian comes from, distantly, is called Proto-Austronesian. It says that it had more sounds/phonemes was spoken around Taiwan and Southern China. However, ...
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Passive voice that is not the main voice in a language

I have a sentence as an example: Patient Trigger Gipalit nako ang mangga. Agent Trigger Nipalit ko ug mangga. I don't understand the contrast. IMO Patient trigger is default and is used for ...
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Austronesian Alignment [closed]

Can someone give a brief explanation for it? I heard about it once and I couldn't wrap my head around it, and the Wikipedia article wasn't much help either.
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Are there tribes speaking Indonesian?

I'm learning Indonesian and I was telling myself it's great for an anthropologist to be able to aproach so many aboriginal languages in the group. Though, I'm not really sure if this could be a real ...
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What is the most accepted way to refer to the Filipino (or Tagalog, Pilipino) language?

The context is the top bar of a website that also has the names of other languages spelled out in their native script/letters. Like this: English | Español | tiếng Việt | 汉语 | Filipino Also, ...
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Is Austronesian the closest relative to PIE?

Austronesian is usually regarded as a separate family, not related to any other. It is never groupped into Eurasiatic or Nostratic. Yet it seems to me that it may be related to PIE. I wonder whether ...
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Link betwen Austronesian and Salishan families

In the Wikipedia article "Dené–Yeniseian languages", it mentions about His [Vajda's] conclusion was that, contrary to prevailing belief, such structures are often preserved intact with little ...