Sumbawa language

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Sumbawa
Basa Semawa
Native toIndonesia
RegionSumbawa
Native speakers
(300,000 cited 1989)[1]
Latin, Lontara script (Satera Jontal variant)
Language codes
ISO 639-3smw
Glottologsumb1241

Sumbawa (Sumbawan: Basa Semawa, Indonesian: Bahasa Sumbawa) or Sumbawarese is a Malayo-Polynesian language of the western half of Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, which it shares with speakers of 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. The Sumbawa write their language with their own native script commonly known in their homeland as Satera Jontal and they also use the Latin script.[2]

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