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Frederick John Bowden: A passionate linguistic typologist

  • Setiono Sugiharto


Jakarta | Wed, November 21 2012 | 11:14 am

PREMIUM Fascinated with the Indonesian language and its vernacular languages, John Bowden decided to visit Maluku in 1993 — the year when he learned the language through conversing with people on the streets. His choice of Maluku over other provinces was motivated by his passion to research the South Halmahera language spoken there.

Though he had spent a year learning Indonesian at the University...