The Linguistic Situation of Indonesia: Development, Features and Current Issues

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In this essay I analyze the extremely complex linguistic situation of Indonesia. After a brief summary of the characteristics of Bahasa Indonesia and of the historical dynamics that led to the creation and use of this language, the phenomenon of diglossia will be treated.

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The Linguistic Situation of Indonesia: Development, Features and Current IssuesThe Linguistic Situation of Indonesia: Development, Features and Current IssuesIn this essay I analyze the extremely complex linguistic situation of Indonesia. After a brief summary of the characteristics of Bahasa Indonesia and of the historical dynamics that led to the creation and use of this language, the phenomenon of diglossia will be treated. Finally, I analyze the issue of state influence in the language policies, particularly in regards to the current campaign of Pusat Indonesia to promote the spread of pure Indonesian, so as to preserve it mainly from Javanese influences. I conclude with a personal opinion about this relationship between the state and language.Indonesian is a language spoken by more than 200 million people in the fourth most populated country in the world. It consists of thousands of islands and with more than 500 languages, it the second most diverse country in the world in terms of language richness. Bahasa Indonesia is the name of its official language. It is a modern version of classic Malay, with which it shares a great number of similarities, and some smalle

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