Central-Eastern Oceanic languages


Central-Eastern Oceanic languages

Infobox Language family
name=Central-Eastern Oceanic
region=The Pacific
familycolor=Austronesian
fam2=Malayo-Polynesian (MP)
fam3=Nuclear MP
fam4=Central-Eastern MP
fam5=Eastern MP
fam6=Oceanic
child1=Southeast Solomons
child2=Southern Oceanic linkage
child3=Central Pacific linkage
child4=Micronesian


map_caption=The branches of CE Oceanic
Dark red = Southeast Solomons
Blue = Southern Oceanic
Pink = Micronesian
Ocher = Fijian-Polynesian (not shown: Rapa Nui)
The black oval between red and blue is the Temotu languages.

The over 200 Central-Eastern Oceanic languages form a branch of the Oceanic language family within the Austronesian languages.

Components

Traditional classifications have posited a Remote Oceanic branch within this family, but this was abandoned in Lynch "et al." (2002), as no defining features could be found for such a group of languages.
*Southeast Solomons
*Southern Oceanic linkage (languages of New Caledonia and Vanuatu, such as Paicî)
*Central Pacific linkage (Polynesian and the languages of Fiji)
*Micronesian

In 2007 Ross & Næss moved the Utupua-Vanikoro languages from Central-Eastern to the newly established Temotu branch of Oceanic.

References

Lynch, John, Malcolm Ross & Terry Crowley. (2002). "The Oceanic languages." Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press.


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