J. Joseph Errington

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Language and Social Change in Java · Linguistic Reflexes of Modernization in a Traditional Royal Polity
By J. Joseph Errington

Errington explores linguistic evidence of social change among the traditional priyayi elite of Surakarta in south-central Java. Employing data from texts, interviews, observed speech, and questionnaires, he shows a progressive leveling in the language used to denote traditional status differences, and he demonstrates how perceptions of speech styles reflect etiquette and the views of the users.

“The main merit of this study is that it is based on observation and participation in the field, among speakers of Javanese…. This work will, one hopes, form a basis for further research into how language-use correlates with social status in Java.”

S. O. Robson, Bijdragen