MPI EVA Department of Linguistics Jakarta Field Station Front page
(The Former) Jakarta Field Station
of the
Max Planck Institute
for Evolutionary Anthropology
Jakarta Field Station Front page
  Language Acquisition
  Bilingual Language Acquisition
  Language Contact
  Language Description
  Language Experiments
  Javanese Dialectology
  Metaphor and Emotion
Collaborative Projects
  Documentation of Kenyah
  Figurative Language
  Language and Thought
  Phon. of Jakarta Indonesian
  Traditional Jambi Malay
  Moluccan [external link]
  Acquisition of Passive Voice
  Sociolinguistic Questionnaire
Former Collaborative Projects
  Acq. of Morpho-phonology
Publications & Conf. Papers
Regular Events
The Jakarta Forum
Contact Us
Site Map

Jakarta Field Station > Projects > Javanese Dialectology > Osing Dialect

Osing Dialect

The Osing dialect is on the peripheral Javanese dialects. The Osing people live in Banyuwangi Province, which is located in the far southeast of East Java, across the strait from Bali. The Osing people actually were the original inhabitants of Banyuwangi. However, now they occupy only a few parts of Banyuwangi. Most Osing people live to the South of the city of Banyuwangi until Rogojampi. The Osing people who live in the city are usually those are married to non-native people from Nganjuk, Kediri or Madiun.

The goal of the Osing dialect project is to provide a naturalistic corpus database of the Osing dialect taken from Osing native speakers recordings.

This project describes phonetic and phonological aspects of the dialect as well as the lexicon of Osing which is slightly different from the 'standard' Javanese dialect (Solo/Yogya). In Osing, for example, we often find infix /-y-/ put in the middle of certain words such as 'ngumbyah', 'kidyang', etc. which in the 'standard' Javanese dialect are pronounced /ngumbah/ and /kidang/. There are also some lexemes in the Osing dialect which cannot be found in other Javanese dialects such as hing 'not' for ora in standard Javanese and paran 'what' for piye in standard Javanese.

Last modified: 22 Apr 2007, London, UK