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Micronesian languages


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micronesian_languages
Updated: 2017-05-15T19:21Z
Micronesian
Geographic
distribution
Micronesia
Linguistic classificationAustronesian
Subdivisions
Glottologmicr1243[1]
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  Micronesian

The twenty Micronesian languages form a family of Oceanic languages. Micronesian languages are known for their lack of plain labial consonants; they have instead two series, palatalized and labio-velarized labials.

Components

According to Jackson 1983, 1986, the languages group as follows:[2]

The family appears to have originated in the east, likely on Kosrae, and spread westwards. Kosrae appears to have been settled from the south, in the region of northern Vanuatu.

References

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Micronesian". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Lynch, John; Malcolm Ross; Terry Crowley (2002). The Oceanic languages. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon. ISBN 978-0-7007-1128-4. OCLC 48929366. 

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