35 Southeast Asian islands and Oceania: Austronesian linguistic history
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Blust, R. 2013. 35 Southeast Asian islands and Oceania: Austronesian linguistic history. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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