LANGUAGE ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THE BORDER OF EAST NUSA TENGGARA AND TIMOR LESTE: A LANGUAGE ATTITUDE STUDY IN SILAWAN VILLAGE, THE PROVINCE OF EAST NUSA TENGGARA

Sri Winarti

Abstract


THIS writing discusses people's language attitude in the border area of East Nusa
Tenggara -Timor Leste, particularly in Silawan village, East Tasifeto district,
Belu regency, the Province of East Nusa Tenggara. This study aims to describe
the people's language attitude in the border area on the Indonesian language,
local language, and foreign language using a survey method. The samples are
taken from the population and the data are collected via questionnaires. It is a
quantitative study correlating respondent social features with their opinion to
some language attitude parameters, namely their language attitude on the
Indonesian language, local language, and foreign language. It is found that
people living around the border area of East Nusa Tenggara have more positive
attitude towards the local language than towards the Indonesian language, or
the foreign language. The social features of speakers, such as gender, ages,
education levels, spouse ethnicities, marital statuses, and residences influence
one's language attitude. The language attitude of people living around the border
area, either on the Indonesian language, on local language, or on foreign
language, based on their social features displays various results


Keywords


language attitude, positivity of language attitude, social features of speakers

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26499/metalingua.v13i2.8

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