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Languages of Oceania

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

The languages of Oceania are divided into 3 large geographical groups:

Contact between the Austronesian and Papuan that resulted on various instances on mixed languages, such as Maisin and various languages. Some colonial languages include Portuguese in East Timor, Russian in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, Japanese in Ogasawara and Palau, and Spanish in Easter Island and Micronesia.

Primary colonial languages include:

There are also creoles that have been formed from the interactions of Malay or Indonesian, or the colonial languages with a ton of indigenous languages, such as the Tok Pisin, Bislama, Hiri Motu, various Malay or Indonesian trade and several creole languages, Norfuk, Pitkern, Pidgin, and Hawaiian.

Finally, various immigrants in other countries control their own languages, such as Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek and various languages in Australia, and other countries,[1] or Fiji Hindi in Fiji.


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  1. "Main Features - Cultural Diversity in Australia". 21 June 2012.