The Austronesian languages (/ ˌɒstroʊˈniːʒən /, / ˌɒstrə /, / ˌɔːstroʊ -/, / ˌɔːstrə -/) are a language family, widely spoken throughout the Malay Peninsula, Maritime Southeast Asia, Madagascar, the islands of the Pacific Ocean and Taiwan (by Taiwanese aborigines). There are also a few speakers in continental Asia.
Major Austronesian languages with the highest number of speakers are Malay(Indonesianand Malaysian), Javanese, and Filipino(Tagalog). The family contains 1,257 languages, which is the second most of any language family. The geographic region that encompasses native Austronesian-speaking populations is sometimes referred to as Austronesia.
- c. 260.6 million (2016)
- c. 19.2 million (2017)
- c. 24 million (2016)
- c. 100.9 million (2015)
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The Austroasiatic languages / ˌɔːstroʊ.eɪʒiˈætɪk /, also known as Mon–Khmer / moʊnˌkəˈmɛər /, are a large language family of Mainland Southeast Asia, also scattered throughout parts of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and southern China. There are around 117 million speakers of Austroasiatic languages.
Proto-Austronesian is a verb-initial language (including VSO and VOS word orders), as most Formosan languages, all Philippine languages, some Bornean languages, all Austronesian dialects of Madagascar, and all Polynesian languages are verb-initial.
The Malayo-Polynesian languages are a subgroup of the Austronesian languages, with approximately 385.5 million speakers. The Malayo-Polynesian languages are spoken by the Austronesian peoples of the island nations of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean, with a smaller number in continental Asia, going well into the Malay peninsula. Cambodia, Vietnam and the Chinese island Hainan serve as the northwest geographic outlier. Malagasy is spoken in the island of Madagascar located off the eastern coa
Most languages belong to the Austronesian language family, while there are over 270 Papuan languages spoken in eastern Indonesia.  Languages in Indonesia are classified into nine categories: national language , locally used indigenous languages , regional lingua francas, foreign and additional languages , heritage languages , languages in ...
The Kra–Dai languages (also known as Tai–Kadai, Daic and Kadai) are a language family of tonal languages found in Mainland Southeast Asia, southern China, and Northeast India. They include Thai and Lao, the national languages of Thailand and Laos respectively. Around 93 million people speak Kra–Dai languages, 60% of whom speak Thai.
The Bisayan languages or the Visayan languages are a subgroup of the Austronesian languages spoken in the Philippines.They are most closely related to Tagalog and the Bikol languages, all of which are part of the Central Philippine languages.
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