The Indonesian Heritage Series: Language and Literature


Volume editor John H McGlynn
144 pp, 290 mm x 220 mm

ISBN: 978-981-3018-36-5
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Category: Indonesian Heritage Series, Reference
Theme: Indonesia
Series: Indonesian Heritage Series

The Indonesian Archipelago is a region of great linguistic wealth. Hundreds of distinct languages are found, and many ethnic groups have their own scripts and writing traditions. Over time, languages and styles of expression have been juxtaposed and blended, history and experience being fashioned into recorded texts and oral traditions.

The materials of Indonesian manuscripts show incredible variety—bamboo, bark and palm leaf, just to name a few—reflecting the natural world in which these traditions evolved. With political unification, the idea of drawing the nation closer through a common language, Malay, emerged. Now named Indonesian, this language is used by politicians, military strategists and creative writers to spread the idea of Indonesia.

In the years since the birth of the Republic, Indonesians have witnessed massive changes in their education system and communications network. As the nation developed, so too have their language and literature and as the 21st century approaches, Indonesian literature now stands on its own.


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