Sasak is a member of the Malayo-Sumbawan branch of the Austronesian language family. It is spoken by about 2.1 million people in West Nusa Tenggara province in Lombok in Indonesia, and is closely related to languages spoken on Bali and Sumbawa.
The are five dialects of Sasak which varying mutually intelligiblity between them: Kuto-Kute (north Sasak), Nggeto-Nggete (northeast Sasak), Meno-Mene (central Sasak), Ngeno-Ngene (central east Sasak and central west Sasak), and Meriaq-Meriku (central south Sasak).
Sasak was originally written with a script called Aksara Sasak, a version of the Balinese script with influences from the Javanese script. It was written on lontar palm leaves, and from the 1970s paper was used. These days knowledge of the Sasak script is limited to a very small number of people, and the Latin alphabet is used instead.
Parts of the Bible were translated into Sasak in 1948, and there was some literature in Sasak in the 19th century, which was influenced greatly by Javanese.
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