A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Priangan, Sundanese

34,000,000 (2000 census).


Java island, Jawa Barat and Banten provinces; western third of the island, though generally inland from north shore; across border, Jawa Tengah Province, Cilacap regency.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in western Java.


Bogor (Krawang), Pringan, Cirebon.


SVO; prepositions; verb affixes mark person; 18 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes; non-tonal; stress on penultimate syllable; elaborate coding of respect levels.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. A few also use Dutch [nld]. Also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Poetry. Magazines. Newspapers. Radio programs. Bible: 1891–1991.

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab], used since 12th or 13th century. Javanese script [Java], used until 17th century. Latin script [Latn], used since mid-19th century. Sundanese script [Sund], no longer in use.

Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.

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