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Jakarta Post

Soenjono Dardjowidjojo: The national linguistic icon

  • Setiono Sugiharto


Jakarta   /   Mon, November 3 2008   /  10:18 am

The old aphorism "old soldiers never die, they only fade away" doesn't really apply to Soenjono Dardjowidjojo. At age 70, Soenjono, now professor emeritus in linguistics, has neither "died" in spirit nor faded away from the linguistic landscape. A veteran linguist who enjoys international recognition, he has not lost one iota of his charm and eloquence in advancing his ideas for the development of Indonesian linguistics. Indeed, for young linguists in Indonesia and across the world today, it is perhaps unscholarly not to quote many of his thoughts in their erudite works on linguistic studies and English language teaching. Born in Kajen, a small village in the Central Javanese town of Pekalongan, Soenjono was the youngest of his fifteen siblings. His father was a village head and his mother an uneducated housewife who wanted her children ...