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Meet your community: our Language Manager and Language Champions

The Language Manager runs the daily activities on the Living Dictionary, and the Language Champions are our external advisers.

We asked them all what they think of the Oxford Global Languages initiative, and what role do they see the Living Dictionary having in the current language context.

Here is what they have to say:

The Oxford Global Languages (OGL) initiative will bring significant contributions to the digital capacity and accessibility of the Indonesian language in the digital world. The Indonesian language is the national language of the people in Indonesia, which is one of the top five most populated countries in the world. This means that the Indonesian language is used by a big number of people in the world. Nevertheless, its online presence is still limited. Consequently, a comprehensive online space is needed to support the online presence of the Indonesian language. This need is answered by the OGL initiative with its Living Dictionary concept. With the presence of the Living Dictionary, Indonesian people will be able to grow and develop the Indonesian language in the digital landscape. The Indonesian language with its wide variety of variants will be recorded and documented well for the benefit of Indonesian people and Indonesian language learners. The Living Dictionary will also open the Indonesian language to the wider online communities that will interact one another for strengthening the digital capacity and accessibility of the Indonesian language in the digital world.

Dr. Deny Kwary, Indonesian Language Manager

Dictionary for Indonesian as a Living Language: 

As social beings, humans need to communicate to others. Language is a tool that humans use to communicate. Communication is a dynamic interaction; so, language, as a means of communication, should also be dynamic. In addition to language skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing, other aspects of the language are the grammar and vocabulary; and the aspects, especially the last mentioned, should be dynamic. Therefore, it is necessary to do efforts to inventory the contemporary vocabulary of a language, especially the growing language. As a growing language, Indonesian-vocabulary inventory needs to be done. Thus, efforts to inventory Indonesian vocabulary, i.e., efforts of drafting dictionary of Indonesian vocabulary, are needed. The dictionary would be very useful for codification efforts of Indonesian as a growing language.

Dr. Fauzi Syamsuar, Indonesian Language Champion

The Indonesian language, the official language of the Republic of Indonesia, is a living proof of a nation’s lingua franca that has survived and thrived through continued use and acceptance without a single resistance. A nation of over 250 million people belonging to around 300 ethnic groups in an archipelago of over 17,500 islands, where 700 languages are spoken, at that! In short, a dream unifying lingua franca that has helped the nation to live up to its Youth Pledge proclaimed in 28 October 1928: “one motherland, one nation, and one language”. So it is a wondrous gift that, while celebrating the 88th anniversary of the Youth Pledge, the country sees the launch of the Indonesian Living Dictionary by Oxford University Press in May this year. It opens a platform or meeting house for language lovers, Indonesian vocabulary lovers in particular, not only to have a wider and deeper understanding of  the meaning of the words we daily use, including those we have rarely used or even neglected, but also to share new Indonesian words that spring up from time to time, many of which are of the contributions of our younger generation.

Prof. Bambang Kaswanti Purwo, Indonesian Language Champion

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