Jakarta Field Station > Projects > Javanese Dialectology > 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