Languages of Oceania

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The branches of the Oceanic languages
  Admiralties and Yapese
  St Matthias
  Western Oceanic
  Southeast Solomons
  Southern Oceanic

Native languages of Oceania fall into three major geographic groups:

Contact between Austronesian and Papuan resulted in several instances in mixed languages such as Maisin.

Colonial languages include:

There are also creoles formed from the interaction of Malay or the colonial languages with indigenous languages, such as Tok Pisin, Bislama, Pijin, various Malay trade and creole languages, Hawaiian Pidgin, Norfuk, and Pitkern[1].Samoan Plantation Pidgin

Finally, immigrants brought their own languages, such as Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek and others in Australia,[2] or Fiji Hindi in Fiji.

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  1. ^ Barbosa da Silva, Diego (2019). "LANGUAGE POLICY IN OCEANIA: IN THE FRONTIERS OF COLONIZATION AND GLOBALIZATION". Alfa: Revista de Linguística (São José do Rio Preto). 63: 317–347. doi:10.1590/1981-5794-1909-4. ISSN 0002-5216.
  2. ^ "Main Features - Cultural Diversity in Australia". 21 June 2012.

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