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Jakarta Post

`KBBI': Praise, critique from a language user

  • Setiono Sugiharto


Jakarta   /   Sat, April 4 2009   /  02:01 pm

This year's release of the forth edition of the Great Dictionary of the Indonesian Language of the Language Center (Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia Pusat Bahasa) deserves a huge applause as an important academic achievement by the Indonesian Language Center and at the same time a great contribution to the field of lexicography in the country. Under its head, Dendy Sugono, the Language Center has been playing an active role in its attempt to help modernize the Indonesian language, particularly the development of its lexicon. With more than 90,000 entries, the forth edition of the dictionary clearly proves that Indonesian is a modern and open language that welcomes and constantly accommodates the influx of Western words and terminologies. Moreover, the sharp increase in terminologies taken from indigenous languages such as Dayak, Gayo, Madura, Minahasa, Mimika and Wamena, to m...