|ᨅᨔ ᨆᨀᨔᨑ Basa Mangkasara'|
|Region||southern tip of South Sulawesi, Sulawesi (Celebes)|
|2.1 million (2000 census)|
Makassarese (sometimes spelled Makasar, Makassar, or Macassar) is a language used by the Makassarese people in South Sulawesi in Indonesia. It is a member of the South Sulawesi group of the Austronesian language family, and thus closely related to, among others, Buginese.
Although Makassarese is now often written in Latin script, 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 languages 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.
Some common words/phrases in the Makassar language, transcribed in the Latin script, are as follows ( ' = glottal stop):
|ᨔᨒᨚ||sallo||lama / lambat||slow|
|ᨈ ᨅᨙᨙ||tabe'||permisi||excuse me|
|ᨕᨄ ᨀᨑᨙᨅ?||apa kareba?||apa kabar?||how are you?|
|ᨒᨀᨙᨀᨚ ᨆᨕᨙ?||lakeko mae?||kamu mau ke mana?||where are you going?|
|ᨆᨚᨈᨙᨑᨙ||motere'||pulang ke rumah||return home|
|Makassarese language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|