Stories About ‘Language’

The following stories talk about the subject ‘Language’.

Gusti Dertik in Bali

Friday, July 8th, 2011, by . 18 Comments

“One of the rajas of Badung who once discussed Van der Tuuk with me said very peculiarly of him; “There is in the whole of Bali only one man who knows and understands Balinese and that man is Gusti Dertik”

from Dr. Julius Jacobs , “Eenigen tijd onder de Baliers”, 1883


Gusti Dertik in the Lampong Districts

Friday, June 3rd, 2011, by . No Comments

Van der Tuuk used the time in Holland (1857-1868) to work on the rich material he had brought from the Batak lands. But he had a combatative disposition and got involved in a lot of polemics. His main target was the orientalist Taco Roorda who enjoyed great, and according to Van der Tuuk undeserved, authority in Holland. The linguist thought, among other things, that Roorda’s idea of Javanese as a foundational language from which all other Indonesian languages were derived was nonsense, a judgment with which modern authorities agree.


Gusti Dertik in Batakland

Thursday, May 19th, 2011, by . 18 Comments

Gusti Dertik (Dr.Herman Neubronner van der Tuuk) was, so we are told, the greatest nineteenth century Western student of Indonesian languages, possibly rivaled only by Brandes, a quite different type of scholar (and different type of human being). He laid the foundation for the comparative study of Indonesian languages by the formulation of two phonetic laws “without which”, according to the later testimony of the scholar of Malay Van Ronkel , “no scientific treatment of an Indonesian language is possible.”


Omaigot Tengkyu!

Monday, May 24th, 2010, by . 30 Comments

Inglonesian terms and expressions, battles against their use, and examples.


Manohara Odelia Pinot

Monday, July 20th, 2009, by . 27 Comments

Manohara Odelia PinotTabloid media sensation Manohara Odelia Pinot, building mosques and being honoured by the Solo kraton.


Roy Suryo & Dewa 19

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008, by . 18 Comments

A tale of two not very likeable characters – Roy Suryo reports Dewa 19 & Ahmad Dhani to the police for flag desecration.


Popular Myths & Madura

Friday, October 3rd, 2008, by . 39 Comments

Timdog on popular stereotypes about Madura and the Madurese, and the rumoured sexual prowess of the women.


Learning Javanese Words & Phrases

Thursday, August 28th, 2008, by . 50 Comments

Purba Negoro on the future of Javanese language, and learning some easy words and phrases.


Malay Loan Words in English

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008, by . 75 Comments

AmokA not very taxing quiz to guess the Malay/Indonesian origins of some words in English.


Literary Parody

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, by . 28 Comments

Timdog gives Pramoedya Ananta Toer the literary parody treatment.


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