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Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), a form of Malay, is spoken in Indonesia. It is an Austronesian language, a language family that extends across the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The term “Indonesian” is more political than linguistic, as Indonesian Malay is extremely similar to the Malay spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. It is also an important native language in the southern provinces of Thailand, in East Timor, and among the Malay people of Australia’s Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Malay had been used as a lingua franca for centuries across in the archipelago of 17,000+ islands that comprise current-day Indonesia.  Over time, due to influences from non-Indonesian traders such as Arabs, Chinese, and Western Europeans (Portuguese and Dutch), the Indonesian language underwent major changes and essentially became a pidgin language. The Malay spoken by traders was generally called “bazaar Malay," while “classical Malay,” spoken by nobility in the Indonesian court, remained more or less unaltered. In 1928, the young nationalist movement in Indonesia chose classical Malay as the basis of the nation’s national language.  They named it “Bahasa Indonesia,” which literally translates to “the language of Indonesia." Modern Indonesian uses the Latin script, which Europeans introduced at the beginning of the 20th century. As the most widely spoken language in Southeast Asia, more than 200 million people speak Indonesian or similar forms of Malay.

 

Sources: UCLA Language Materials Project; Indonesian-Online.com

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Current Course Offerings:

Term A = Spring

Term B = Summer

Term C = Fall


Course Title Term Time
ALAN 150-680 ALAN150 - ELEMENTARY INDONESIAN I 2012C MW 0400PM-0600PM
ALAN 150-680 ALAN150 - ELEMENTARY INDONESIAN II 2013A MW 0400PM-0530PM
ALAN 150-680 ALAN150 - ELEMENTARY INDONESIAN I 2013C TR 0400PM-0600PM
ALAN 250-680 ALAN250 - INTERMED INDONESIAN I 2013C MW 0400PM-0530PM
ALAN 150-680 ALAN150 - ELEMENTARY INDONESIAN II 2014A TR 0400PM-0600PM
ALAN 251-680 ALAN251 - INTERMED INDONESIAN II 2014A MW 0400PM-0530PM
ALAN 150-680 ALAN150 - ELEMENTARY INDONESIAN I 2014C MW 0530PM-0700PM
ALAN 250-680 ALAN250 - INTERMED INDONESIAN I 2014C MW 0400PM-0530PM
ALAN 151-680 ALAN151 - ELEMENTARY INDONESIAN II 2015A MW 0530PM-0700PM
ALAN 251-680 ALAN251 - INTERMED INDONESIAN II 2015A MW 0400PM-0530PM