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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Western
Continent: Asia
Country: Indonesia
Region: Island of Bali, northern Nusapenida, western Lombok Islands, and east Java. 7,000 in south Sulawesi.
Countries Where Spoken: 3,800,000 (1993 Johnstone), 2.1% of the population (1987 UBS).
Countries Where Official: Indonesia
Native Speakers: 3,800,000
Speakers Total: 3,800,000
Phrasebase members who speak Bali at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Bali at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Bali: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Bali: 0
Three Letter Code: BZC
Alternative Names: BALINESE
Summary: Reported to be two distinct dialects: High Balinese is used in religion, but those who can handle it are diminishing. There are speech strata in several lowland varieties (Clynes 1989, personal communication). The term "Bali Aga" is considered derogatory by those who are called that. The variety spoken on Nusa Penida Island is associated with Bali Aga. It is a scattering of villages with minimal influence from the former Majapahit empire. Hindu. Bible 1990.

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