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Polynesian outliers are a number of Polynesian islands which lie in Melanesia and Micronesia. Based on archaeological and linguistic analysis, these islands are believed to have been colonized by seafaring Polynesians, mostly from the area of Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu. The Polynesian languages of these islands are members of the Samoic branch of that family. Polynesians settled the vast Polynesian triangle by 700AD Polynesian culture refers to the aboriginal culture of the Polynesian-speaking peoples of Polynesia and the Polynesian outliers. ... Melanesia (from Greek black islands) is a region extending from the western side of East Pacific to the Arafura Sea, north and north-east of Australia. ... Archaeology, archeology or archæology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech/discourse) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artifacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, and someone who engages in this study is called a linguist or linguistician. ... Polynesia is generally defined as the islands within the triangle Polynesia (from Greek: πολύς many, νῆσος island) is a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. ... The Polynesian languages are a group of related languages spoken in the region known as Polynesia. ... The Samoic languages are one of the primary classes of Polynesian languages, encompassing the Polynesian languages of Samoa, Tuvalu, American Samoa, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna, as well as a number of languages, spoken in parts of Tonga, the Cook Islands, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and...

Polynesian outliers include:

in the Federated States of Micronesia:

in Papua New Guinea Kapingamarangi is an atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. ... Nukuoro is an atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. ...

  • Nuguria
  • Nukumanu
  • Takuu

in the Solomon Islands

in Vanuatu Anuta is a small high island in the southeastern part of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu. ... Pileni is a culturally important island in the Reef Islands, in the northern part of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu. ... Rennell and Bellona is a province of the Solomon Islands comprised of two atolls, Rennell and Bellona, or Mu Nggava and Mu Ngiki respectively in Polynesian. ... Tikopia is the southernmost of the Santa Cruz Islands, located in the province of Temotu. ...

  • Emae
  • Mele

in New Caledonia

  Results from FactBites:
Polynesian culture at AllExperts (1421 words)
Polynesian navigators steered by the sun and the stars, and by careful observations of cloud reflections and bird flight patterns,were able to determine the existence and location of islands.
Polynesian mythology does not speak of explorers bent on conquest of new territories, but rather of heroic discoverers of new lands for the benefit of those who voyaged with them.
The various outliers lie within the sovereign territory of the nations of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the French territory of New Caledonia.
Polynesian outlier at AllExperts (294 words)
Polynesian outliers are a number of Polynesian islands which lie in Melanesia and Micronesia.
The outlier groups in Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and the northern Solomon Islands speak Ellicean languages (which also includes Tuvaluan), while those further to the south in the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia speak Futunic languages (which also includes the language of Wallis and Futuna).
Of the four Polynesian outliers considered, Anuta was the most genetically distinct, followed by Rennell and Bellona.
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