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Jakarta Post

Balinese language ‘will never die’

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, March 30 2012   /  09:12 am

Despite the decreasing use of the Balinese language in daily life, two university professors say they are convinced that it will not disappear.

The growing membership of the Balinese diaspora is believed to play an important role in the survival of the language, they say.

“The Balinese language will never die, unless all Balinese have met their demise,” I Gusti Made Sutjaja, a linguistics expert from Udayana University, said during a recent seminar on the Balinese language and globalization.

The Bali Cultural Agency estimates that the number of people still using Balinese in their daily lives on the island does not exceed 1 million.

Sutjaja, however, said that the number of Balinese-speakers on the island was not the only measure of how the language could survive.

“The Balinese language will not die even if this whole island sinks beneath the oce...