As far as I can tell, all the languages listed here are Western Malayo-Polynesian languages. Does anyone have a problem if this page gets renamed to 'Swadesh lists for Western Malayo-Polynesian languages'. This would allow the entire Central-Eastern half (including Fijian, Samoan, Maori, Tongan, Hawaiian, Gilbertese, and Marshallese) to be represented in a Central-Eastern equivalent of this page (eg. 'Swadesh lists for Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian languages'). --Jonsafari 22:36, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
- I agree. The name should be changed, as all languages contained in it are from the Western branch, opening up the possibility for an Eastern representation. --Glokplopit 8 December 2005
- Actually, Tahitian is a POlynesian language, and thus from the eastern Malayo-Polynesian branch. And in fact, there is no western branch of this family as such. The term 'western Malayo-Polynesian' simply refers to the languages located in the western geographic region occupied by the family which do not belong to the eastern subgroup. There are a number of western branches, and not just one 'Western branch'.
Polynesian long vowelsEdit
Copy and paste using: ā, ē, ī, ō, ū
Stevey7788 07:50, 26 August 2010 (UTC)
Over-representation of Philippine languages?Edit
Seven of the languages in the list are Philippine, about half of the total. On the other hand, there are no Formosan or Bornean languages at all. If possible I'd like to replace some of the Philippine languages with Formosan languages like Rukai or Seediq from entries on the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database.