Exploring the use of a youth language in public space
- Monday 15 October 2018
- Descriptive and Anthropological Linguistics Discussion Group
2311 VJ Leiden
Walikan is a youth language spoken in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Unlike any previously described youth registers, Walikan has been around for decades and has continuously reinvented itself ever since. In the presentation I will show how the speakers of Walikan employ certain strategies to keep the practice alive. In addition to the use of Walikan in face-to-face communication, they also use Walikan in songs, local TV news, local newspaper columns, as well as in public signs. My analysis focuses on how a youth language which began as an oral practice has been maintained through written and audio-visual media offline and online.