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The branches of the Oceanic languages
  Admiralties and Yapese
  St Matthias
  Western Oceanic
  Southeast Solomons
  Southern Oceanic

Native languages of Oceania fall into three major geographic groups:

Contact between Austronesian and Papuan resulted in several instances in mixed languages such as Maisin.

Colonial languages include:

There are also creoles formed from the interaction of Malay or the colonial languages with indigenous languages, such as Tok Pisin, Bislama, Pijin, various Malay trade and creole languages, Samoan Plantation Pidgin, Hawaiian Pidgin, Norfuk, Pitkern,[1] and Unserdeutsch

Finally, immigrants brought their own languages, such as Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek and others in Australia,[2] or Fiji Hindi in Fiji.

See also


  1. ^ Barbosa da Silva, Diego (2019). "Política Linguística Na Oceania: Nas Fronteiras da Colonização e da Globalização". Alfa: Revista de Linguística. 63 (2): 317–347. doi:10.1590/1981-5794-1909-4. ISSN 0002-5216. S2CID 204627919.
  2. ^ "Main Features - Cultural Diversity in Australia". 21 June 2012.