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Austronesian is the most important language kin on the earth: a few 1300 languages, 20% of the world's overall, are spoken by way of 270 million humans in a sector that extends from Easter Island within the Pacific 10,000 miles west to Madagascar off the coast of Africa. a few of the languages during this different and linguistically wealthy sector are undocumented and in impending chance of extinction. This publication offers a serious account of present wisdom, stories the country of the documentation of languages within the sector, and considers the linguistic results of presidency regulations and monetary swap. The editor's creation attracts out the main concerns and subject matters. an summary of the Austronesian language relations then examines the ancient kin among the languages, their range, and their distribution within the quarter and describes the character and goals of latest learn. person chapters are then dedicated to the revitalization of languages in Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Vanuatu.

This pioneering account of 1 of the world's such a lot linguistically wealthy areas deals path and impetus to analyze in linguistics and anthropology, and holds out the technique of saving many endangered languages and cultures.

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