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Javanese language

Nativename  (Basa Jawa)
RegionJava (Indonesia)
Peninsular Malaysia
New Caledonia
Speakersabout 80 million total
Fam3Nuclear MP
ScriptJavanese script (optional)
Pegon script (religious use)
Latin alphabet (present)
Lc2jvn|ld2=Caribbean Javanese
Lc3jas|ld3=New Caledonian Javanese
Lc4osi|ld4=Osing language
Lc6kaw|ld6=Old Javanese|ll6=Kawi language

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Javanese language (Javanese: basa Jawa ( ), Indonesian: bahasa Jawa) is the language of the Javanese people from the central and eastern parts of the island of Java, in Indonesia. In addition, there are also some pockets of Javanese speakers in the northern coast of western Java. It is the native language of more than 75,500,000 people.

The Javanese language is part of the Austronesian family, and is therefore related to Indonesian and other Malay varieties. Most speakers of Javanese also speak Indonesian for official and commercial purposes and to communicate with non-Javanese Indonesians.

Outside Indonesia, there are some Javanese-speaking people in neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. In addition there are also people of Javanese descent in Suriname (the former Dutch Guiana until 1975), who speak a creole descendant of the language. The Javanese speakers in Malaysia are especially found in the states of Selangor and Johor. For distribution in other parts, as far as Suriname, see Demographic distribution of Javanese speakers below.

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