Main linguistic and ethnic groups
The map shows the main patterns of migration in Southeast Asia and surrounding areas to about 500 BCE:
- movement of Austronesian speakers from China and Taiwan into southeast Asia from about 4000 BCE;
- Papuan languages to East Timor;
- Chamic speakers to Vietnam c. 1500 BCE;
- spread of eastern Austronesian to coastal Melanesia and western Polynesia;
- spread of western Austronesian languages from about 1500 to 500 BCE.
The location of the following linguistic and ethnic groups is also indicated:
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The Times Complete History of the World (2007), p. 46.