Wednesday, August 1, 2012

David Gill: In Love with Local Languages

David Gill: In Love with Local Languages The Jakarta Post Wednesday, August 1, 2012  "A country which ranks second in terms of the number of local languages (the first being Papua New Guinea), Indonesia remains the best place  for Gill to carry out research on minority languages, which often escape local linguists’ attention."[ ...] Gill says in the eyes of many parents and the public in general, using local languages is less prestigious than using Indonesian and a  much-spoken international language such as English. Yet, he refutes this widely-held perception, arguing that it is a sheer fallacy.

“In my view, being bilingual and bicultural is much better because it can raise cross-cultural sensitivity and also accord a language user a superior status,” the American-trained linguist added.