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On Sun, 11 Jun 2000, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> I am not familiar with the details of the case, but I have to ask:  to what
> extent was the language already _de facto_ an auxiliary language?

To a very great extent.  BI's immediate ancestor, Bazaar Malay, had
been a trade language in the archipelago for centuries.

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