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On Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:59:44 -0500
Granny Grammar <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Indonesian, or rather  bahasa (or Bahasa) Indonesia, shares with
> Filipino and Putonghua the curious distinction of being an official
> language of its country without actually existing yet.

Different countries use different names:
Bahasa Indonesia
Bahasa Malaysis
Bahasa Melaya (Brunei and Singapore)
but they differ no more than French, Belgian, and Swiss French. The
differences are chiefly in the borrowed vocabulary, Dutch or English,
or in the influence of local languages on usage (like the differences
between Iberian and Mexican Spanish). The orthography was standardised,
mostly on a Malaysian basis, on 1972. There are dialects where it's a
first language, but they have no official standing.