The Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian language family

Guérin, Valérie (2017) The Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian language family. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., and Dixon, R.M.W., (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Typology. Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 911-941.

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[Extract] The Austronesian (AN) language family is one of the world's largest language families in terms of the actual number of languages it contains, estimated to be around 1,200, and in terms of its geographical span, as shown in Map 29.1. Covering large expanses of the Pacific Ocean (but excluding most of inland Papua New Guinea and Australia), the AN family extends from Madagascar to Hawai'i through Vietnam and Taiwan (its homeland), to Rapanui and New Zealand, with a large number of languages surrounding the Wallace line. Most of the AN languages are located within ten degrees of the equator, which makes it an almost exclusively tropical or sub-tropical language family (Bellwood, Fox and Tryon 1995/2006).

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