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Buginese (locally Basa Ugi, elsewhere also Bahasa Bugis, Bugis, Bugi, De') is the language spoken by about four million people, mainly in the southern part of Celebes (Sulawesi), in Indonesia.


It is an Ergative-absolutive language of the Austronesian language family. It was traditionally written using the Lontara script, of the Brahmic family, which is also used for the Makasar language and the Mandar language, but now is often written using the Roman alphabet.




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Unicode Buginese Lontara Font Support from XenoType Technologies (191 words)
The Buginese script requires a few special features, including graphic transposition and ligatures, to display text properly but these things are all handled automatically by the features in our font.
We also provide support for some modern punctuation marks not specifically included in Unicode as well as two different variants used to display final consonants (these are modern innovations as traditional use of the script does not provide for this).
The term ‘Buginese’ is commonly used but we have opted for the more natural name ‘Lontara.’ It is expected that the Unicode Consortium will adopt the same designation.
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