Sundanese Textbooks Still Lacking Attention to Speech Language Level

[, 4/11/2016] Words appearing in Sundanese textbooks reveal the textbook lack of attention to the speech level language applicable in Sundanese culture. Therefore, Sundanese teachers are expected to pay attention since it is relating to the formation of children characters.

Suasana diskusi bertajuk “Pemerolehan Bahasa Anak Berkarakter” di Ruang Sidang A Lt. 3 Gedung A FIB Unpad, Selasa (1/11). *
Discussion with theme “Children with Character Language Acquisition ” in Conference Room A Floor 3 Building A FIB Padjadjaran University, Tuesday (1/11). *

This was revealed in a Focus Group Discussion with theme “Children with Character Language Acquisition ” in Conference Room A Floor 3 Building A FIB Padjadjaran University, Tuesday (1/11). This event was held to disseminate information and research results of Academic Team Leadership Grant (ALG) FIB UNPAD chaired by Professor of Linguistics, Semantics and Dialectology Faculty of Cultural Studies, Prof. (Emeritus) T. Fatimah Djajasudarma, entitled “Children Local Language Acquisition in West Java Society in the Formation of National Character”.

The discussion was attended by 31 participants as representatives of primary schools in the area Jatinangor. Participants who attended came from SDN Cikeruh 1 and 2, SDN Sayang, SDN Jatinangor, SDN Cikuda, SDN Cipacing 1 and 2, SDN Jatiroke 1 and 2, SDN Cisempur, SDN Sinar Jati, SDN Sirah Cai, SDN Karang Kamulya, SDN Cileles, SDN Kananga, and SDN Hegarmanah 1.

Conveyed in this discussion that Sundanese role in fostering a nation’s character tends forced by the language regarded as par excellence or popular culture. Popular culture was the belief, the practice of everyday life, and the object of life. All these were all illustrated through language, including the mindset or perspective to understand something. Thus, the child’s language acquisition is very important to support the development of children, the main aspects of mindset.

basasunda1The results showed that Sundanese language acquisition for primary school children felt quite slow due to several factors, among which are the not accomodating textbook, theme in the book that is not aligned with the curriculum based on character, or the choice of words that are considered to have violated politeness so it is not in accordance with the rules of politeness local community.

The research team found a number of words that frequently appear in the Sundanese language textbooks used by children. Starting from the greeting words such as kuring and anjeun and verbs like mere, menta, dahar, sare, ulin, balik, and indit. In addition, there are also words like adjectives to convey attributes such as alus, and also adverb such as keur and noun, for example, ngaran.

The diction showed disfemisme or impoliteness, considering that Sundanese recognized speech level language. Therefore, teachers as educators are expected to be able to teach the Sundanese language to students by considering speech level language Sundanese also practiced directly in daily practice in the school environment.

“Through these discussions, hopefully teachers can instill the knowledge for the students to possess the character of mutual respect. Let’s not forget the human identity as a humanist”, said Prof. (Em.) T. Fatimah Djajasudarma. *

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