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Bandung is Indonesia's second largest city, but is also the capital of Priangan, the Sundanese speaking region of western Java. Practically all of its ethnic Sundanese inhabitants, as well as many members of the Chinese community and other long-term migrants, are bilingual in Sundanese and Indonesian. This has brought about a strong Sundanese influence on the variety of Indonesian spoken in the city. This variety seems to be closely related to Jakarta Indonesian, which also has significant Sundanese influence, but this influence is naturally much stronger in Bandung, and extends to the phonology, morphology, and syntax, as well as the lexicon.
Last modified: 3 June 2003