The Bornean language families
The Bornean languages are a geographic group of Austronesian language families indigenous to the island of Borneo, with the exclusion of Ibanic (Malayic Dayak) and other Malayic languages. There is little reason to think they form a genealogical clade.
The Bornean languages form a number of distinct branches of the Austronesian family
North Bornean is a 1991/2010 proposal by Robert Blust that the Northeast Sabahan, Southwest Sabahan, North Sarawakan, and Melanau–Kajang families form an exclusive unit.
- Northeast Sabahan (Banggi, Ida’an)
- North Sarawakan
- Melanau–Kajang (incl. Rejang–Sajau)
- Southwest Sabahan
The Kayan languages were specifically excluded from the North Borneo family.
The Barito languages have common features due to extended contact. They fall into four families:
- Blust, Robert. "The Greater North Borneo Hypothesis." Oceanic Linguistics 49.1 (2010): 44-118.
- Fay Wouk and Malcolm Ross (ed.), The history and typology of western Austronesian voice systems. Australian National University, 2002.
- K. Alexander Adelaar and Nikolaus Himmelmann, The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar. Routledge, 2005.
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