Definition of Austro-Asiatic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôstrōˌāZHēˈatik/ Pronunciation: /ˈôstrōˌāzēˈatik/


Relating to or denoting a phylum of languages spoken in Southeast Asia, consisting of the Mon-Khmer family, the Munda family, and one or two other isolated languages.
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  • Cambodian, or Khmer, is classified by linguists as an Austro-Asiatic language, related to Mon.


The Austro-Asiatic phylum of languages.
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  • There are examples of the replacement of Proto-Dravidian n - with 1-in Indo-Aryan, even if the etymon may ultimately go back to Austro-Asiatic. ‘
  • Linguists estimate that approximately eighty-five other languages from the Austro-Asiatic, Austronesian, Daic, Miao-Yiao, and Sino-Tibetan language families are indigenous to the country.
  • Northeast India is also an area of extensive linguistic diversity where three language families are represented: Austro-Asiatic, Indo-European and Tibeto-Burman.


Early 20th century: from Austro-2 'southern' + Asiatic.

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Syllabification: Aus·tro-A·si·at·ic

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