SEAlang Library Javanese Dictionary
About the SEAlang Library Javanese Resources 
With at least 85 million speakers, Javanese is by far the largest of Indonesia's minority languages.  SEAlang's Javanese dictionary is based on Javanese-English Dictionary, by Stuart Robson and Singgih Wibisono; published in 2002 by Periplus Editions (HK), and used with their permission.*
    Despite Robson's introductory comment that he only "scratches the surface" of Javanese, Robson2002 is the definitive reference.  The work has roughly 30,000 heads, 15,000 subentries, and 2,500 phrasal examples; it extensively marks register distinctions, literary and dialectal forms, and other features of interest.  Robson's work on Modern Javanese complements his efforts (with P.J. Zoetmulder) on the Old Javanese-English Dictionary (1982, KITLV), a massive dictionary and corpus of pre-modern literature and inscriptions.
    Like other Austronesian languages, Javanese consists mostly of lemmas (that is, dictionary headwords) have been prefixed, suffixed, or reduplicated (lemmas, unlike roots, can generally stand alone).  Traditionally, all forms are listed under the lemma, which can make it difficult to find unfamiliar words.  This search tool uses a variety of techniques to automatically find useful information, including a root-finder based on CSTlemma (Bart Jongejan).
Please note the alternatives for display on the left (try with "anak"):
-- show self only shows the headword or derived form that matched.
-- show self/parent shows the lemma of the (derived) form as well.
-- show family shows the lemma and all derived forms.

Searches may:
-- match a single character with ?, and zero or more with *. Thus, ca?an matches caann, while ca*an matches cabang, cacacan, cakupan, and many others.
-- require matches for both, or either, Indonesian text (of the headword), or English text (in the definition).
-- be limited to a particular etymology, usage, type, or subject.
Predictive completion    Dictionary heads will appear as you type.  Short lists will include multi-word entries and examples (compare kan to kanc).
Lemmatization and "smart" search    To help locate phrases and derivatives, search will automatically:
-- search examples for an instance of the word if it isn't found in a head (try mobil).
-- next, lemmatize the word, and search for the root.
-- In case of a multi-word phrase, we automatically search examples, then search for the phrase as a list of separate words, then search for the list of roots.
The English search term can be expanded (default) to include inflected forms (a search for sing matches sings, singing, sang, sung as well). Approximate search for Javanese means that we ignore diacritics, glottal marks (the ' ), and hyphens in compounds. 
Copyright notice
* Copyright 2002 Periplus Editions (HK).  Text taken from the Javanese-English dictionary is used by permission of the publisher, and may not be reproduced without permission.