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Bahasa Melayu (Jawi: بهاس ملايو) ialah sejenis bahasa Melayu-Polinesia di bawah keluarga bahasa Austronesia yang telah digunakan di wilayah Malaysia,Indonesia, dan persekitarannya sejak melebihi 1,000 tahun lalu. Walaupun asal usul bangsa Melayu (dalam pengertian yang khusus) yang paling asal belum diketahui secara pasti tetapi pertumbuhan bahasa Melayu dapatlah dikatakan berasal dari Sumatera Selatan di sekitar Jambi dan Palembang.[1] Rekod terawal bahasa Melayu Kuno ialah sebuah batu bersurat bertarikh 682 Masihi yang dijumpai di Sumatera Selatan.

Malay is the official language of Brunei and Malaysia. In Malaysia, the language is also called Bahasa Malaysia. Singapore, Brunei and southern Thailand refer to the language as Bahasa Melayu (“Malay language”). Malay is one of the national languages of Singapore. The national language of Indonesia, which was derived from Bahasa Malayu, is Indonesian, formally referred to as Bahasa Indonesia which literally translates as “Indonesian language”. It is also called Bahasa Nasional (National Language) and Bahasa Persatuan/Pemersatu (Unifying Language) in Indonesia. In some regions of Sumatera, Indonesians refer to the Indonesian language as Bahasa Melayu. Indonesian is also used in East Timor, a consequence of more than 20 years of Indonesian administration and is now a “working language” of that country.

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