The Use of Sundanese on Imperative Sentences from Parents to Children

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In the life of every individual, it can be almost assured that he/she grew up in a specific linguistic environment. The language he/she acquired came from his/her closest environment since his/her childhood, which he/she then uses in his/her daily life throughout his/her adolescence. This language will then turn into his/her native tongue. Even so, there are many occurrences where a person grows up in two different languages. This normally happens to children of bi-national marriages or people who live in a region where both the national language and a local language are equally present. The paper is based on the writer’s personal experience, who grew up in two different languages, namely Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) and Sundanese. To her, Indonesian is a more dominant language because it has a wider area of usage. Sundanese is only used in her family and with her closest friends, and in a very specific context, i.e. while making casual conversations. The usage of Sundanese is also very restricted. The communication in Sundanese is mainly initiated by parents, delivered from parents to children, and not vice versa. The context in which the parents use Sundanese is only while producing imperative sentences, and not for conversational purposes. This language phenomenon can be examined through various perspectives in linguistics, ranging from the perspective of language acquisition, dialectology, to sociolinguistics. This paper will examine the data using theories of sociolinguistics from Löffler (2015) on functiolect (language usage based on its function). The objective of the paper is to further classify the so-called “daily language� ‘Alltagsprache’, as one of the forms of functiolect. Qualitative approach is used in this paper, and the datas were based from the writer’s personal experience that was gathered from the familial environment of the writer.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Seminar on Sociolinguistics and Dialectology 2017 - ID, Depok, Indonesia
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …


ConferenceInternational Seminar on Sociolinguistics and Dialectology 2017
Period1/01/17 → …
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  • native language/tongue, Sundanese, imperative sentences, functiolect.


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