ERIC Number: ED461294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Indonesian and Banjarese Malay among Banjarese Ethnics in Banjarmasin City: A Case of Diglossia Leakage?
This sociolinguistic study investigated the hypothesis that the Indonesian language (IL) is encroaching upon Banjarese Malay (BM), focusing on the fact that these two related languages form a diglossic situation, whereby IL performs the high function and BM performs the low function. Surveys of Banjarese people collected demographic data and assessed their agreement or disagreement with 10 statements (e.g., BM is a beautiful language, BM is the caretaker of a high culture, BM should be developed on a continuous basis, and BM should be taught in schools in regions where the majority of people are Banjarese). Respondents also indicated which language they used at home when speaking about day-to-day affairs with family members of all generations. Researchers conducted observations in people's homes and around the city. Structured interviews investigated whether or not the observed people were Banjarese, what language they spoke at home, and whether their children spoke BM. Results indicated that Banjarese was almost always used in the home. To some degree, IL had encroached upon BM within the home. Though there were signs that BM was withstanding the encroachment, there were also signs that the resistance was being perforated. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Indonesia; Language Choice
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (5th, Leipzig, Germany, June 16-17, 2001).