HOW TO NAME GOD IN THE CULTURAL IMAGERY OF MANGGARAIAN LANGUAGE SPEAKERES

Kletus Erom

Abstract


Manggaraian Language (ML) is the main local language spoken by people in Great Manggarai: Manggarai Regency, West Manggarai Regency, and East Manggarai Regency, in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. It has four dialects: East Manggarai Dialect, Middle Manggarai Dialect, S–H Manggarai Dialect, and West Manggarai Dialect. Middle Manggarai Dialect is considered as the standard one for some reasons. ML has many unique linguistic features. Among other things is pair of lexicons for naming God that is based in the cultural imagery of Manggaraian Language Speakers (MLS). There are three pair of lexicons for naming God in ML: Morin agu Ngaran ‘Owner and Owner’, Jari agu Dedek ‘Creator and Shaperr’, and Ciri agu Wowo ‘The Starter to Be/Become and Pourer’. The three pairs of lexicons that are called verbal symbols in the theory of cultural linguistics are usually spoken out mainly in the ritual ceremonies. Their existence in ML is based in the cultural imagery of the Manggaraian Language Speakers (MLS). Describing the three pairs of lexicons is the semantic aspect of language. Explaining the reasons MLS name God in such three pairs of lexicons is the capacity of the theory of cultural linguistics (TCL). Of course these three pairs of lexicons in ML have some implication in the life of MLS in the world.

Keywords


cultural linguistics, cultural imagery, Manggaraian language speakers, semantic system, verbal symbols.

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