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Bugis (Basa Ugi / ᨅᨔ ᨕᨘᨁᨗ)

Bugis or Buginese is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 4 million people mainly in Sulawesi in Indonesia. There are also Bugis speakers in other parts of Indonesia, such as Java, Samarinda and Sumatra, and in parts of Malaysia and the Philipines.

From the 17th century Bugis was written with a script known as Lontara. The Bible was translated into Bugis by a missionary called B.F. Matthews in the 18th century, and he also wrote dictionaries and grammars, as well as collections of literature and folklore.

Bugis is now generally written with the version of the Latin alphabet shown below.

Latin alphabet Bugis

Latin alphabet for Bugis

Lontara script for Bugis

Sample text in Bugis (Latin alphabet)

Sininna rupa tau ri jajiangngi rilinoe nappunnai manengngi riasengnge alebbireng . Nappunai riasengnge akkaleng, nappunai riasengnge ati marennni na sibole bolena pada sipakatau pada massalasureng.

A recording of this text


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Information about Buginese

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet