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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Western
Continent: Asia
Country: Indonesia
Region: South Sulawesi, 3.5" to 5" South, other areas of the coastal swamp such as Bulukumba, Luwu, Polewali in Polmas, Pasangkayu in Mamuju districts. On the western coast of southeast Sulawesi in Kolaka, Wundulako, Rumbia, and Poleang districts. Also in major towns of Sulawesi. Large enclaves also in other provinces of Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Maluku, Irian Jaya, and Sumatra. Also spoken in Malaysia (Sabah).
Countries Where Spoken: 3,500,000 (1991 SIL). Population total both countries 3,500,000. Including second language users: 4,000,000 (1999 WA). Malaysia.
Countries Where Official: Indonesia
Native Speakers: 3,500,000
Speakers Total: 4,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Buginese at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Buginese at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Buginese: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Buginese: 0
Three Letter Code: BPR
Summary: The Bone or Soppeng dialects are central. Vigorous. Investigation needed: intelligibility with Sawitto, Luwu, Sinjai, Barru dialects with Soppeng central dialect. Bugis Lontara syllabary is still in use. Coastal swamp, rolling hills. Agriculturalists: wet rice; famous as seafarers, merchants. Muslim, Christian. Bible 1900-1996.

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