Other Indonesians: nationalism in an un-native language

Colloquium with Joseph Errington, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Haines Hall 352
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Over the last three generations, standard Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia) has come to be known by almost all of Indonesia’s 250 million people, but by none natively. Crucial to this farflung, uneven, and rapid sociolinguistic dynamic is this erstwhile lingua franca’s assimilation among emerging middle class communities.

Joseph Errington is Professor of Anthropology and International and Area Studies, as well as Chair of the Council of Southeast Asian Studies, at Yale University. His research and writing have focused on linguistic dimensions of modernization and identity in Java and Indonesia, reflecting his broader interests in semiotics and the politics of language.

Sponsored by the UCLA Department of Anthropology Center for Language, Interaction and Culture.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

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