Language Attitude Amongst Acehnese Speaking Parents: In The Discourse of Acehnese Language Maintenance

Ida Muliawati, Dara Yusnida

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Language attitude strongly matters in language maintenance and parents are noted as the key feature in maintaining regional language within a heterogeneous community in urban areas. The present research is important to be conducted due to its distinctive domain as an attempt to fulfill the gap of previous research. 55 respondents were selected by using purposing sampling to enroll in the research. The descriptive quantitative research was used to analyze the first-hand data gathered from a set of questionnaire which consists of ten statements related to language pride and language loyalty as part of language attitude. A five-point Likert Scale was utilized to analyze all of the data. The result of data analysis reveals that Acehnese-speaking parents occupying the urban area, Banda Aceh, still possess a good language attitude toward the heritage language. It can be learned from the data assessment that their language pride and language loyalty over Acehnese language are in the criteria of very good and good, ranging from 73% to 90%.


Keywords: Language attitude, language maintenance, language pride, languag loyalty.


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