Sumbawa language

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Not to be confused with Sumba languages.
Basa Semawa
Region Sumbawa
Native speakers
unknown (300,000 cited 1989)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 smw
Glottolog sumb1241[2]

Sumbawa (Sumbawarese) is the language of the western half of Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, which it shares with Bima. It is closely related to the languages of adjacent Lombok and Bali; indeed, it is the easternmost Austronesian language in the south of Indonesia that is not part of the Central Malayo-Polynesian Sprachbund.


  1. ^ Sumbawa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sumbawa". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.