List of major and official Austronesian languages

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Map showing the distribution of language families, the pink color shows were 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 100,000,000 Wikang Filipino  Philippines
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/Indonesia
بهاس ملايو/اندونسيا
 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 Samoa  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
Carolinian 5,700 Refaluwasch  Northern Mariana Islands ( United States)
Chamorro 95,000 Fino' Chamoru  Guam (US)
 Northern Mariana Islands (US)
Cook Islands Māori 14,000 Māori Kūki 'Āirani
Te Reo Ipukarea
 Cook Islands ( New Zealand)
Hawaiian 24,000 'Ōlelo Hawai'i  Hawaii (US)
Niuean 8,000 Ko e Vagahau Niuē  Niue (NZ)
Rapa Nui 5,000 Vananga Rapa Nui  Easter Island ( Chile)
Samoan 55,000 Gagana Samoa  American Samoa (US)
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 (NZ)

Major languages[edit]

Languages with at least 4 million native speakers

Dialects and Creoles[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]