Via the always interesting Far Outliers, another blog discovery: Slainte, “David Goldsworthy’s writings – Indonesia, Irish Music, Language and Linguistics, Mainly Poetry, but not Politics (or Economics).” How can I resist a description like that? His latest post is on Jakarta Chinese Indonesian:
Having learned most of my Indonesian in Central Java it came as a bit of a shock when I started working at my current school in Jakarta and being confronted with the Jakarta Chinese variety of Indonesian. I can’t say at this point in time just how much it differs from Central Javanese Indonesian other than it is often spoken at break-neck speed – much faster than one is used to hearing in Java.
I find the Jakarta Chinese variety of Indonesian a fascinating code and wish I had more time to devote to a serious analysis of it.
One difference is the counting system that one often hears. I think it comes from the Hokkien language…
The first five numbers are ce, nok, sa, si, nggo. An earlier post is on the Indonesian Orthodox Church; as my mother used to say, I never thought the subject would come up.