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Description of a Non-western Language III: East Javanese Language Structure and Cultural Context


Admission requirements

First year BA Linguistics completed.


Javanese is an Austronesian language spoken on the Indonesian island Java. East Javanese, which is part of the Javanese dialect continuum, forms the focus of this course. It is spoken in Surabaya, Malang and a number of other Indonesian cities. The language is also widely used in the Indonesian social media. Several aspects of East Javanese will be addressed during the course, including its phonological features, verbal morphology, speech levels, and diglossic relation with standard Indonesian. Many of these characteristics are Areal Features that are important to take into account for linguistic research in a broader Island Southeast Asian context.

Course objectives

  • Students name structural features of East Javanese and can identify them as typical Areal Features or not.

  • Students describe a structural pattern in East Javanese using terminology with language-specific definitions.

  • Students gloss and translate an East Javanese text.

  • Students plan and structure a descriptive paper.

  • Students compile a short descriptive paper.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Lecture and seminar

Course Load

Total 5 EC = 140 hours
Lectures (13 weeks): 26 hours
Reading literature and preparing classes: 18 hours
Writing assignments: 23 hours
Prepare oral presentation about final paper: 23 hours
Writing final paper: 50 hours

Assessment method

Written take home assignment 1: 20 %
Written take home assignment 2: 20 %
Oral presentation: 20 %
Final paper: 40 %
To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of all four components of assessment.


Not used in the course

Reading list

The reading lists will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on this website


Tom Hoogervorst Nurenzia Yannuar

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

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Coordinator of Studies: E.A. van Dijk, MSc