Bhāṣā

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Bhāṣā (or one of its derived forms) is the word for "language" in many South and Southeast Asian languages, which derives from the Sanskrit word bhāṣā (भाषा) meaning "speech" or "spoken language". In transliteration from Sanskrit or Pali, bhasa may also be spelled bhasa, basa, or phasa.

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The word "Bahasa" in English is sometimes used[citation needed] to refer specifically to the Malay language (especially its Indonesian variety), usually by Western expatriates and their English-speaking Indonesian-Malaysian associates.[citation needed] This usage is considered incorrect.[1] When Indonesian or Malaysian speakers refer to other languages, the non-capitalized word "bahasa" ("language") is used; for example, English and Italian are called bahasa Inggris and bahasa Italia respectively.

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