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Languages of Oceania

 

      The peoples of Oceania are considered to belong to the Austronesian language family by linguists (referring to people living on Southern Asian islands and speaking similar languages). But, some peoples do not belong to the Austronesian family, such as those of the Papuan language family.

Languages, Symbols, Cosmology and Supernatural Power (1'27")
   

Tree diagram of the language families of Oceania. (Kirch 2000:99)

 
   

 

 

 
 
   
 
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