Emporing propositions of wisdom in preservation of local languages

Fx. Rahyono

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Local languages, which the native speaker has mastered since childhood, have a dual function. First, local languages are cultural languages that function to teach wisdom. Second, local languages teach communicative skills and social relationships in accordance with local cultural values. Both functions simultaneously mark the identity of the speakers of the language. The lack of time and space boundaries for speakers to communicate with each other is a fact in contemporary life. Preservation that prioritizes local languages as languages for communication is not the only one effort for empowering local languages. The issues that need to be answered in the empowerment and preservation of local languages are: 1) what needs to be empowered, 2) what needs to be conserved, and 3) how can its uses be sustained in accordance with the wisdom represented within each local language. The findings of qualitative research on propositions of wisdom in local languages show that the wisdom represented by propositions of wisdom is a resource that activates wisdom in the life of the language community. Wisdom found in language is a representation of intelligence and discernment that has the potential to create an idealized living world. Keeping meanings up to date in the contemporary context provides a way for local languages to synergistically build a unity of shared meanings as a resource for intelligence.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe 1st International Seminar on Local Languages - ID, Denpasar, Indonesia
Duration: 1 Jan 2018 → …


ConferenceThe 1st International Seminar on Local Languages
Period1/01/18 → …


  • local languages, language preservation, wisdom, proposition, proverb


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