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WIKITONGUES: Nila speaking Javanese

  • published: 08 Oct 2015
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Javanese is spoken by more than 80 million people, principally on the island of Java in Indonesia but also by diaspora communities worldwide. A literary language since at least the fifth century ACE, Javanese has been written using three writing systems: the Latin and Arabic alphabets, as well a native Javanese script of Indian and Aramaic influence. The language emerged in its modern written form with the rise of the Mataram Sultanate in the 16th century, and is among Wikipedia’s 100 most-used languages today. An Austronesian language, Javanese is most closely related to Malay, Sundanese and Balinese, and more distantly so to Chamorro and Kiribatese.

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