List of major and official Austronesian languages

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Map showing the distribution of language families; the pink color shows where Austronesian languages are spoken.

This is a list of major and official Austronesian languages, a language family widely dispersed throughout the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, with a few members spoken on continental Asia and Madagascar.

Official languages[edit]

Sovereign countries[edit]

Language Speakers Native name Official status
Fijian 639,210 Na Vosa Vakaviti  Fiji
Filipino (Tagalog) 100,000,000 Wikang Filipino  Philippines
Formosan 171,855 many variants  Taiwan
Gilbertese 103,000 Taetae ni Kiribati  Kiribati
Hiri Motu 120,000 (L2) Hiri Motu  Papua New Guinea
Malay (Malaysian/Indonesian) 250,000,000 Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia/Bahasa Indonesia/بهاس ملايو  Malaysia
 Indonesia
 Singapore
 Brunei
Malagasy 18,000,000 Fiteny Malagasy  Madagascar
Māori 150,000 Te Reo Māori  New Zealand
Marshallese 55,000 Kajin M̧ajeļ  Marshall Islands
Nauruan 6,000 Dorerin Naoero  Nauru
Palauan 15,000 Tekoi er a Belau  Palau
Samoan 510,000 Gagana Sāmoa  Samoa
Tetum 800,000 Lia-Tetun  East Timor
Tongan 108,000 Lea-Faka Tonga  Tonga
Tuvaluan 13,000 Te Ggana/Gagana Tuuvalu  Tuvalu

Territories[edit]

Language Speakers Native name Official status Country
Carolinian 5,700 Refaluwasch  Northern Mariana Islands  United States
Chamorro 95,000 Fino' Chamoru  Guam
 Northern Mariana Islands
 United States
Cook Islands Māori 14,000 Māori Kūki 'Āirani
Te Reo Ipukarea
 Cook Islands  New Zealand
Hawaiian 24,000 ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi  Hawaii  United States
Kanak  New Caledonia  France
Niuean 8,000 Ko e Vagahau Niuē  Niue  New Zealand
Rapa Nui 5,000 Vananga Rapa Nui  Easter Island  Chile
Samoan 55,000 Gagana Sāmoa  American Samoa  United States
Sonsorolese 600 Ramari Dongosaro Flag of Sonsorol.svg Sonsorol  Palau
Tahitian 120,000 Reo Mā'ohi/Tahiti  French Polynesia  France
Tobian 100 Ramarih Hatohobei Flag of Hatohobei.svg Hatohobei  Palau
Tokelauan 3,500 Gagana Tokelau  Tokelau  New Zealand

Major languages[edit]

Languages with at least 3 million native speakers

Dialects and Creoles[edit]

Dialects of major Austronesian languages
Creoles and pidgins based on Austronesian languages

See also[edit]

References[edit]