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Kawi language

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Old Javanese/Kawi language (Bhāṣa Kawi)
Spoken in: Java, Bali, Madura, Lombok, Indonesia
Region: Southeast Asian Islands
Total speakers: extinct language
Ranking: not in top 100
Genetic classification: Austronesian

 Malayo-Polynesian
  Western Malayo-Polynesian
   Sundic
    Old Javanese

Official status
Official language of: -
Regulated by: -
Language codes
ISO 639-1?
ISO 639-2kaw
SILKaw
See also: LanguageList of languages

Kawi (from Sanskrit: kāvya, "poet") is a language from the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok. It is actually a literary language based on Old Javanese.

The language has its own unique alphabets for writing, including Tulisan Bali, a script that evolved from Pallava script. Kawi is extinct as a spoken language, but is still used in Bali, Lombok and to some extent in Java as a literary language. It is also the main language used for the Lombok cultural practice of reading and writing literature on the leaves of the lontar palm.

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