The Oceanic Languages

Authored by: John Lynch , Malcolm Ross , Terry Crowley

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858

10.4324/9780203820384.ch1

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Abstract

The phrase ‘Oceanic languages’ refers to the 450 or so languages which are members of the Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian language family. In this chapter, we briefly describe that wider family, and then examine the geographical range and demographic characteristics of the languages of the Oceanic subgroup itself. We also pay attention to language contact in Oceania, and briefly outline the history of research into these languages.

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