Indonesian loanwords in Dutch

May 12th, 2015
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Dutch influence is also visible in everyday Indonesian language. I personally thought that the reason for this would be obvious: the Dutch were present for almost 350 years in what is now Indonesia during the colonial period. But then we found that only a very small minority of Indonesians ever had fluent knowledge of Dutch.

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Indonesian loanwords in DutchPRESENTATION LINGUISTICS/INTRODUCTION:We are going to talk about Dutch loanwords in Indonesian. About 20% of Indonesian words can be traced back to Dutch words. Some of these words are academic terms, for example terms in law, which is the reason that for many studies in Indonesia, it is compulsory to take a course of Dutch Language. But the Dutch influence is also visible in everyday Indonesian language. I personally thought that the reason for this would be obvious: the Dutch were present for almost 350 years in what is now Indonesia during the colonial period. But then we found that only a very small minority of Indonesians ever had fluent knowledge of Dutch. We thought it would be interesting to see why regardless of this, it is still the case that around 10.000 Indonesian words have Dutch origin. Besides this, there is always the question why a bo

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