Архив за етикет: Maulana Mualim

Threats to Indonesian Language? Gaul and Alay Language as Products of Urban Culture in Jakarta

MAULANA MUALIM

Guest Teacher of Indonesian Language and Culture at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Abstract

Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) is used in the Republic of Indonesia as national language. Indonesian is derived from Malay, the lingua franca in Indonesian archipelago comprising over 700 living languages. Nowadays, the use of Indonesian language in urban community of Jakarta has had lots of modification in its form and use. The use of Gaul language whose characteristic is mainly with messing the sounds and Alay language mainly with messing the forms have been seen by many as threats to the existence of Indonesian language, many have seen them as variations of language use. This paper attempts to examine the characteristics of Gaul and Alay language and whether they are threats to Indonesian.

Keywords:

Indonesian Language, Lingua Franca, Gaul, Alay, language use, variation, threats.

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