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Type: Conference paper
Title: A survey of the status of the local languages of Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak and their use within the community
Author: Aziz, Z.
Amery, R.
Citation: Proceedings of 1st English Education International Conference, 2016, vol.1, iss.2, pp.487-490
Publisher: Syiah Kuala University
Publisher Place: Online
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 2527-8037
Conference Name: English Education International Conference (EEDIC) (12 Nov 2016 - 13 Nov 2016 : Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia)
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Zulfadli A. Aziz and Robert Amery
Abstract: Within Aceh, the languages of Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak are very different to those spoken elsewhere in the province. These languages appear to be the most endangered with relatively low numbers of speakers. This project investigates the status of the languages spoken in Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak, Aceh Indonesia, and their use in the community. In addition to observation in the field, questionnaires were distributed to native speakers of Devayan, Sigulai, and Leukon in Pulau Simeulue, and Haloban in Pulau Banyak. The results of this study show that Devayan has the most speakers (possibly 30,000 or more), whilst Sigulai has somewhat less (perhaps 20,000).Leukon is spoken only in two villages (Lafakha with 687 inhabitants and Langi with a similar number), though language loyalty appears to be particularly strong amongst Sigulai and Leukon speakers. Haloban is spoken in villages on the largest island located in the more remote Kecamatan of Pulau Banyak Barat. Haloban speakers reside in two adjoining villages, Haloban and Asantola. Haloban is in a considerably weakened position.
Keywords: Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak languages; Sigulai; Devayan; Haloban; language loyalty; language shift
Rights: Copyright © 2019 Syiah Kuala University Print ISSN: 2527-8037 Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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