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Abigail C. Cohn: Unveiling the Sundanese language to the world

  • Setiono Sugiharto

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 4 2013   /  01:44 pm
Abigail C. Cohn: (JP/Setiono Sugiharto)(JP/Setiono Sugiharto)

Abigail C. Cohn: (JP/Setiono Sugiharto)Many people, be they are native Sundanese or foreign nationals, have introduced the Sundanese culture, the major culture of West Java, to the world through such means as musical instruments and historical artifacts.

 One of these cultural ambassadors is Abigail C. Cohn who unveils the richness of Sundanese linguistic heritage by researching, rigorously describing and documenting the sound systems and patterns of Sundanese β€” the third most widely spoken regional language in Indonesia.

For Cohn, the quality of the sound systems of the Sundanese language β€” spoken by an estimated 27 million speakers in West Java β€” is quite unusual, because many of the words in the language are pronounced with nasalization, or speech sounds that are produced mainly through the nose rather than mouth.

β€œThe uniqueness of sound patterns in ...