Lampung is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in the Indonesian province of Lampung in southern Sumatra by about 1.5 million people. There are there dialects of Lampung, Abung/Pepadun (Lampung Nyo) in western Lampung, Pesisir/Say Batin (Lampung Api) in eastern Lampung, and Komering, which are sufficiently different to be considered distinct languages. Lampung Api is considered the prestige variety.
Lampung is written with the Latin alphabet, but in the past it was written with its own script, known as Aksara Lampung or Had Lampung, which is similar to other scripts of Sumatra such is Rejang, Buginese and Sundanese. The Lampung script was used to write spells, letters, traditional laws, religious works and poems. It was written on bark, palm leaf, metal plates, animal skin, horn, stone and bamboo. After Islam spread to Indonesia the Lampung script was replaced by the Arabic script.
These days the Lampung script is used to some extent on road signs, government logos and elsewhere, and is taught in some schools.
There is a numeral system in the Lampung script, however Latin and Arabic numbers also generally used.
Tandani ulun Lampung, wat piil-pusanggiri, Mulia hina sehitung, wat liyom ghega dighi, Juluk-adok gham pegung, nemui-nyimah muaghi, Nengah-nyampugh mak ngungkung, sakai-Sambaian gawi.
Lampung people can be easily indicated, because they have piil pesenggiri Prestige is important, with shyness (to do bad things) and self esteem Keep holding on Juluk adok, by nemui nyimah (good relationship) we can keep our brotherhood Nengah nyampur (associate) and not individualist, and cooperate in team work.
Unyin Jelema dilaheʁko merdeka jama wat pi'il ʁik hak sai gokgoh. Tiyan dikaruniako akal jama hati nurani maʁai unggal tiyan dapok nengah nyampoʁ dilom semangat muaʁiyan.
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)
Details of the Lampung script supplied by Ridwan Maulana. If you have any questions about this script, you can contact Ridwan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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