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.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a list of major and official Austronesian languages, a language family originating from Taiwan, that is widely dispersed throughout the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, with a few members spoken on continental Asia and Madagascar.
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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Language families. Places where Austronesian languages are spoken are colored pink. The Austronesian languages are a language family. They were originally spoken in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean .
The main article for this category is Austronesian languages. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Austronesian languages. Pages in category "Austronesian languages" The following 25 pages are in this category, out of 25 total.
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