Linguistic Landscapes in the Lense of Local Languages and Minority Society: A Collection of Literature Reviews

Dewi Christa Kobis


This study analyzed the current condition of linguistic landscapes in Indonesia and its roles in promoting and revitalizing the local languages which have been started to be extinct. This study employed document analysis as the method in analyzing data through careful reading and comparison. This whole study accumulated some related literatures about how linguistic landscapes were found in several public places and contributions they could make for the local language revitalization. The analysis of this current study found that linguistic policy instructed by the government is extremely helpful in producing more linguistic landscapes that employs local languages. The schools are started to follow modernization and globalization by using English for their linguistic landscapes. However, there is a private Chinese school which tried to reserve its culture by making policy to learn that language. Worship places were also reported to show enthusiasim in promoting not only Arabics, but local languages such as Javanese. Therefore, linguistic landscapes are extremely crucial, applicable, and beneficial to be used as medium for promoting local language.


Linguistic landscape; local language; minority; language revitalization; language endangerment

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