Posted in: Linguistics

Use of the term LGBT in Indonesia and its real-world consequences

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Before 2016, the term ‘LGBT’ was rarely used in Indonesia. Associate Professor Michael Ewing looks at how the media is using and interpreting this foreign term and the implications for queer Indonesians.

Deaf students demand rights as a minority language group

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High university drop-out rates for deaf students point to the need for education in their mother tongue, writes Alies Poetri Lintangsari.

Banality of expression: how has language changed after the New Order?

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Vicky Prasetyo became a national laughing stock in 2013 when he introduced a unique vocabulary of buzzwords into Bahasa Indonesia. Dr Manneke Budiman writes that his ungrammatical and meaningless expressions are representative of a style of speech that has become more common in the 18 years since Soeharto fell.

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