A Malayo-Polynesian language and a member of the Austronesian family of languages, spoken by c. 9 million people mainly in Madagascar, where it is the official language, as well as in the Comoro Islands and the Seychelles.

Malagasy includes a variety of closely related dialects, such as Merina, Taisaka, Tanosy, Sahafatra, Taifasy, etc. The modern standard language is based on the Merina dialect. It was spelt in the Arabic script, ajami, until the mid-19th century, when the Roman alphabet started to be used. During the 20th century an extensive written literature has been produced in Malagasy.

Modern Malagasy has a number of loan words from many languages, most prominently Arabic, Iranian, Bantu languages, French and English, reflecting the very dynamic language situation over the past couple of centuries, mainly due to the political and economic history of the region.

CLASSIFICATION = Austronesian family, SCRIPT = Roman
Malagasy basics : an easy language introduction for travellers to Madagascar MALAG CBEG 1(PACK)
Diksionera Malagasy-Englisy MALAG DICO 1
Diksionera Malagasy-Englisy MALAG DICO 2
The language of Madagascar MALAG GRAM 1