Language, Identity, and Marginality in Indonesia: The Changing Nature of Ritual Speech on the Island of Sumba / Edition 1

Language, Identity, and Marginality in Indonesia: The Changing Nature of Ritual Speech on the Island of Sumba / Edition 1

by Joel C. Kuipers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521624959

ISBN-13: 9780521624954

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The rapid spread of Indonesian as the national language of Indonesia has diminished the significance of local languages. On the island of Sumba, this shift has displaced a once vibrant tradition of ritual poetic speech, but has also given rise to new and hybrid forms of poetic expression. This book analyzes language change in relation to political marginality,

Overview

The rapid spread of Indonesian as the national language of Indonesia has diminished the significance of local languages. On the island of Sumba, this shift has displaced a once vibrant tradition of ritual poetic speech, but has also given rise to new and hybrid forms of poetic expression. This book analyzes language change in relation to political marginality, revealing that political coercion or cognitive process of "style reduction" may offer a partial explanation, but equally important is the role of linguistic ideologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521624954
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language Series, #18
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Place, identity, and the shifting forms of cultivated speech: a geography of marginality; 2. Towering in rage and cowering in fear: emotion, self, and verbal expression in Sumba; 3. Changing forms of political expression: the role of ideologies of audience completeness; 4. Ideologies of personal naming and language shift; 5. From miracles to classrooms: changing forms of erasure in the learning of ritual speech; 6. Conclusions.

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