Malagasy, a geographic outlier spoken in Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, is also a member of this language family.Although these languages are not necessarily mutually intelligible to any extent, their similarities are rather striking.
Old Malay was influenced by the Sanskrit literary language of Classical India and a scriptural language of Hinduism and Buddhism.Sanskrit loanwords can be found in Old Malay vocabulary.The earliest known stone inscription in the Old Malay language was found in Sumatra, written in the Pallava variety of the Grantha alphabet and dates back to 7th century.Known as the Kedukan Bukit inscription, it was discovered by the Dutchman M.Malay was used solely as a lingua franca for inter-ethnic communications.
Malay is a member of the Austronesian family of languages, which includes languages from Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean, with a smaller number in continental Asia.
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As the Bahasa Kebangsaan or Bahasa Nasional ("national language") of several states, Standard Malay has various official names.
The letter is addressed to the king of Portugal, following contact with Portuguese explorer Francisco Serrão.
The letters show sign of non-native usage; the Ternateans used (and still use) the unrelated Ternate language, a West Papuan language, as their first language.
Batenburg on November 29, 1920 at Kedukan Bukit, South Sumatra, on the banks of the Tatang, a tributary of the Musi River.