Discourse-based analysis of surface-marking strategy shift in Sundanese foregrounding written narrative segments : a pattern of Indonesian structural influence

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dc.contributor.advisor Seig, Mary T. en_US
dc.contributor.author Munajat, Rama en_US
dc.coverage.spatial a-io--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:29:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:29:20Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2007 .M86 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/178920
dc.description.abstract This present study examines the structural impact of language contact on discourse information marking in narrative. It focuses on the surface patterns and underlying linguistic principles used to describe the foregrounding events in traditional and modem short stories, written in Indonesian (the official language of Indonesia) and Sundanese (the native language of West Java province). These two languages have been in an intensive contact since 1945.The data indicate that aspect sets apart background from foreground, whereas tense distinguishes ordinary from significant within the background and foreground levels. Cross-linguistically, the ordinary background information appears in existential, stative, and progressive constructions, marked by the underlying past-tense and imperfective aspect; the significant background and significant foreground types occur in a direct speech and/or direct quote, with the underlying Historical Present. Besides signaling a switch from the past-tense to the HP, the direct speech or direct quote also marks a shift in deixis, distal to proximal. The ordinary foreground information, containing events that advance the story, appears in the underlying past-tense and perfective aspect.The surface markings of the ordinary foreground events, however, are different. In the traditional and modern Indonesian data, these events are dominantly depicted in the active-voice structure. The traditional and modern Sundanese texts, on the other hand, show two different dominant surface marking patterns: the KA (particle) and the active-voice constructions respectively. This appears as a shift in the surface marking strategy attributed to the Indonesian structural influence. The KA- to active voice surface-marking strategy shift indicates the change from the KA + Topic – Comment pattern to the Subject – Predicate structure, suggesting the adoption of the SVX word-order pattern. This affects not only the pragmatic relations of the constituents in an utterance, but also the marking of given-new information distinction.The study demonstrates that the KA to active-voice marking shift in the modern Sundanese data is mitigated by the long-term language contact with Indonesian. Follow-up investigations with varied narrative themes and oral speech data are warranted. Since the shift also appears to indicate the authors' unbalanced bilingual skills, it raises an issue pertinent to the current teaching of Sundanese in the West-Javanese provincial curriculum. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent xx, 443 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.language.iso eng ind sun en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Foregrounding. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Discourse analysis, Narrative. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sundanese language -- Discourse analysis. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indonesian language -- Discourse analysis. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indonesian language -- Influence on Sundanese. en_US
dc.title Discourse-based analysis of surface-marking strategy shift in Sundanese foregrounding written narrative segments : a pattern of Indonesian structural influence en_US
dc.title.alternative Discourse based analysis of surface-marking strategy shift in Sundanese foregrounding written narrative segments en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1370881 en_US


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