Makassarese Language

Makassarese Language

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Makassarese is a language used by the Makassarese people in South Sulawesi island in Indonesia. It is a member of the Austronesian language family of the South Sulawesi group, and thus closely related to, among others, Buginese. Although Makassarese is now often written with the Roman alphabet, it is still widely written in its own distinctive script, also called Lontara, which once was used also to write important documents in Bugis and Mandar, two related language from Sulawesi. The Makassar symbols are written using mostly straight oblique lines and dots. In spite of its quite distinctive appearance, it is derived from the ancient Brahmi scripts of India. Like other descendants of that script, each consonant has an inherent vowel "a," which is not marked. Other vowels can be indicated by adding one of five diacritics above, below, or on either side of each consonant.
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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 136g
  • Acu Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136762072
  • 9786136762074