Ogan (Base Ugan / بهاس اوڬن)

Ogan is a member of the Central Malay branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 500,000 people along the Ogan River in the provinces of South Sumatra and Lampung in eastern Indonesia. In South Sumatra Province it is spoken particularly in the Ogan Komering Ulu Regency, and also in Ogan Ilir Regency, Ogan Komering Ilir Regency, and East Ogan Komering Ulu Regency. In Lampung Province it is spoken mainly in the Way Kanan and North Lampung regencies, and also in the regencies of West Lampung, South Lampung, Metro City and East Lampung.

There are two main dialects Ogan: Ulu (Hulu) and Ulak (Ilir). The Ulu dialect is spoken along the upper part of the Ogan River, while the Ulak dialect is spoken along the lower part of the Ogan River. The dialects are more or less mutually intelligible.

There are ways to write Ogam with the Latin and Arabic scripts. There is also an Ogan script (Aksare Ugan), which is related to the Lampung script, and is used by only a few people.

Latin alphabet for Ogan

Latin alphabet for Ogan

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Sample text (Ulu Dialect)

Legele ukhang tu dikhanakkan merdike nguk uman pi'il nguk rat-rat ye seragi. Die ukhang disuluhkan utak nguk ati temah ne becanggikh nguk ye lain delam khase ngensanakan.

Sample text (Ulak Dialect)

Uhang sedakdenye dilaherkan bibas awan uman pengade gok rat-rat ye seragi. Die uhang dienjukkan utak gok ati kendaknye bekance awan ye lain dalam hase besanak dulur.


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Information about Ogan

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Amarasi, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Biak, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Dawan, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Galoli, Gayo, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Kei, Kerinci, Komering, Lamaholot, Lampung, Ledo Kaili, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mamasa, Mandar, Mandar, Mbula, Mentawai, Minangkabau, Mualang, Musi, Ngaju, Nias, Ogan, Palauan, Sasak, Selaru, Sumbawa, Sundanese, Tetum, Tii, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Western Rote, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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