The Indonesian Language: Its History and Role in Modern Society

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UNSW Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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This important book, the first of its kind, is a historical, social, cultural and linguistic study of Indonesian. Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world, and one of the most linguistically complex. Its ethnic groups speak more than 500 languages and of these Malay, renamed Indonesian, was chosen to be the sole national and official language.

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The Indonesian Language by James Sneddon is a 217 word canter through the development of a language that is now the official means of communication in the world's 4th most populous State. Sneddon ... Read full review

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A very interesting and detailed history of Indonesian. It's very well written and researched. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

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