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Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of Indonesia. Indonesian is a normative form of the Riau Islands dialect of Malay, an Austronesian language which has been used as a lingua franca in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world. Of its large population the number of people who fluently speak Indonesian is fast approaching 100%, thus making Indonesian one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
More than 700 living languages are spoken in Indonesia. Most belong to the Austronesian language family, with a few Papuan languages also spoken. The official language is Indonesian (locally known as Bahasa Indonesia), a modified version of Malay, which is used in commerce, administration, education and the media, but most Indonesians speak local languages, such as Javanese, as their first language.
Several prominent languages spoken in Indonesia sorted by its language family are:
Austronesian languages - (Malayo-Polynesian branch). Most languages spoken in Indonesia belong to this family, who in return related to languages spoken in Madagascar, Philippines, New Zealand , Hawaii and various Polynesian countries.
Javanese language, spoken Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java. Also found throughout Indonesia and by migrants in Suriname. Most populous Austronesian language by number of first language speaker.
Lampung language, two distinct but closely related languages spoken in Lampung, South Sumatra and Banten.
Rejang language, spoken in Bengkulu province.
Malay/Indonesian languages, spoken throughout Indonesia. Also used as national language. Aceh language, spoken in Aceh, especially coastal part of Sumatra island. Minangkabau language, spoken in West Sumatra. Banjar language, spoken in South , East, and Central Kalimantan. Sundanese language, spoken in West Java, Banten and Jakarta. Balinese language, spoken in Bali. Madurese language, spoken in Madura, Bawean and surrounding islands off the coast of Java.
Sasak language, spoken in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
Ma'anyan language, related to Malagasy language spoken in Madagascar.
Northwest Sumatran languages:
Batak languages, seven closely related languages spoken by the Batak people in the highlands of North Sumatra. Nias language, in Nias island off the western coast of North Sumatra. Simeulue language, in Simeulue island off the western coast of Aceh. Gayo language, in Gayo highlands in central Aceh.
South Sulawesi languages:
Bugis language, spoken by Bugis in central South Sulawesi and neighboring provinces.
Makassarese language, spoken by Makassarese in southern end of South Sulawesi. Toraja language, spoken by Toraja people in northern highland of South Sulawesi. Mandar language, spoken in West Sulawesi.
Gorontalo language, spoken in Gorontalo province. Mongondow language, spoken in western part of North Sulawesi. Minahasan languages, spoken in eastern part of North Sulawesi. West Papuan languages, indigenous languages family found only in eastern Indonesia (northern Maluku and western Papua). Not closely related with other language families. Distinct from surrounding Austronesian languages.
Ternate language, spoken in Ternate and northern Halmahera. Tidore language, spoken in Tidore and western Halmahera, closely related with above Ternate language. Trans-New Guinea languages, indigenous languages family found in eastern Indonesia (Papua, Flores, Timor islands) and Papua New Guinea. Consisting hundreds of languages, including languages of the Asmat and Dani people.