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.
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