Language & Social Change Java: Linguistic Reflexes of Modernization in a Traditional Royal Polity

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Errington explores linguistic evidence of social change among the traditional priyayi elite of Surakarta in south-central Java. Employing data from texts, interviews, observed speech, and questionnaires, he shows a progressive leveling in the language used to denote traditional status differences, and he demonstrates how perceptions of speech styles reflect etiquette and the views of the users. Errington suggests that a reciprocal assimilation process changes the way members of Java s traditional elite deal with each other ...

Language & Social Change Java: Linguistic Reflexes of Modernization in a Traditional Royal Polity 1985, Ohio University Press

ISBN-13: 9780896801202

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