Sumbawa language

Not to be confused with Sumba languages.
Basa Semawa
Region Sumbawa
Native speakers
(300,000 cited 1989)[1]
Latin, Satera Jontal
Language codes
ISO 639-3 smw
Glottolog sumb1241[2]

Sumbawa (Sumbawan: Basa Semawa, Indonesian: Bahasa Sumbawa) or Sumbawarese is a Malayo-Polynesian language of the western half of Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, which it shares with speakers of Bima. It is closely related to the languages of adjacent Lombok and Bali; indeed, it is the easternmost Austronesian language in the south of Indonesia that is not part of the Central Malayo-Polynesian Sprachbund. The Sumbawa write their language with their own native script commonly known in their homeland as Satera Jontal and they also use Latin.[3]


  1. Sumbawa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Sumbawa". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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