HOW TO SAY PLACES IN MANGGARAIAN LANGUAGE:CULTURAL LINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVES

Kletus Erom

Abstract


Manggaraian Language (ML) is one of the main local languages spoken by people in GreatManggarai: Manggarai Regency, West Manggarai Regency, and East Manggarai Regency, ofEast Nusa Tenggara Province. It has four dialects: East Manggarai Dialect, Middle ManggaraiDialect, S–H Manggarai Dialect, and West Manggarai Dialect. Middle Manggarai Dialect isconsidered as the standard one for some reasons. ML has unique grammatical feature used tosay places where possibly someone or something posits. Such grammatical feature includesthe lexical words of cardinal points, like le ‘south’ lau ‘north’, sale ‘west, and awo ‘east’,and some other lexical words showing directions, like wa ‘below/beneath’, eta ‘above/on/over’, sili ‘ below’, sina ‘beyond/on the other side’, etc. This grammatical feature is one ofmany plays of verbal symbols in ML that is based in imagery of the Manggaraian LanguageSpeakers (MLS). What those words are, how they are used in ML grammatical structure, andwhat their meanings are as decided by the cultural imagery of the MLS is the main aim ofpresenting this article.

Keywords


cultural linguistics, cultural imagery, Manggaraian Language, places,directions, cardinal points.

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