Language, Identity, and Marginality in Indonesia: The Changing Nature of Ritual Speech on the Island of Sumba (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language)

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The rapid spread of Indonesian as the national language of Indonesia has diminished the significance of local languages. On the island of Sumba, this shift has displaced a once vibrant tradition of ritual poetic speech, but has also given rise to new and hybrid forms of poetic expression. This book analyzes language change in relation to political marginality, revealing that political coercion or cognitive process of "style reduction" may offer a partial explanation, but equally important is the role of linguistic ideologies.

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Kuipers is Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University.

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"In a volume that brings together years of fieldwork and archival research, Kuipers looks at culture and politics in Weyewa society on the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia." Choice

"This important book deserves attention from linguists and anthropologists alike, and the author is to be congratulated upon having made an original contribution to the ethnography of speaking and a noteworthy addition to our ethnography of Sumbanese populations." Asian Thought and Society

"...welcome contribution to Indonesian political studies, far beyond its valuable sociolinguistic insights." Susan Rodgers, The Journal of Asian Studies

"Joel Kuipers has given us an extremely study of the important Southest Asian connections between spatial concepts, the organization power and polity, and ritual speech under changing conditions." Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology

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