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35 Southeast Asian islands and Oceania: Austronesian linguistic history

Prehistory

Part II: Holocene migrations

  1. Robert Blust

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm835

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Blust, R. 2013. 35 Southeast Asian islands and Oceania: Austronesian linguistic history. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

The Austronesian languages are distributed around more than half of the world's circumference and began their dispersal from Taiwan about 4,500 years ago. This became the greatest oceanic migration episode in history, spanning more than four thousand years until settlers eventually reached the far islands of Polynesia.

Keywords:

  • linguistics;
  • Asia;
  • Holocene;
  • Southeast Asia, Oceania, Austronesian