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Tombulu Kinship Terminologies

Tombulu Kinship Terminologies

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as a resource of traditional language of the people of Tombulu (Minahasa-North Sulawesi-Indonesia)
as a resource of traditional language of the people of Tombulu (Minahasa-North Sulawesi-Indonesia)

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Published by: emmor on Sep 19, 2008
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Presented at English Education Departmentin partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of “Sarjana Sastra”By:EMMOR H.N. SUJADINIM. 03 300 293MANADO STATE UNIVERSITYFACULTY OF LANGUAGE AND ARTSENGLISH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT2007
Background of The Study
Quoting a most well known quotation, “
homo homini socius
”,which means “human is social being”, gives us a notion that humancannot be separated or even be far from the society. “When we studyhuman language, we are approaching to what some might call the‘human essence’, the distinctive qualities of mind that are, so far as weknow, unique to man”, said by Chomsky (Fromkin, 2001:2). The needof every person to express something through a media to do thetransferring action is a language.Language occurs in a society. To communicate something or to express idea people use language as the tool. It is also used to builda relationship among members of the society. Being spoken amongmembers of the society is a requirement for a language. Thus, theessential usage of a language will appear, as a tool of communication.Indonesia, with its diversity, encloses with many differentethnics who speak different languages as well. This is supported by theamount of islands which is scattered the people into some regions. Asan example, the Java Island is inhabited by many ethnicities which aredifferent from the Borneo’s island.
The ethnic language serves to support the national languagetherefore, they should be preserved. The role of the ethnic language isvery important for the development of the Indonesian language and itsnational culture, since the ethnic languages are part of the livingculture of Indonesia. As what stated by Nababan (1993:50) that theculture of Indonesia cannot come into being without language. That iswhy the existence of Indonesian culture determined by the languagesspoken by ethnic groups.As every ethnic has its own distinctive language, it also becomes their pride to speak it. Outside the national language, BahasaIndonesia, tribesmen speak in his own language in order to maintain aclose relationship with others. Samsuri says that “pemakaian bahasa pertama (bahasa daerah) menyebabkan kemesraan yang lebihmendalam” (Samsuri, 1987). Intimate relationship can be obtainedwith the use of the local language among the members of a societywho speak the same language.Minahasa is one among many ethnic groups in Indonesia. Ittakes place at the northern part of Celebes Island. It is between 0°51’and 1°51’40’’ North Latitude and between 124°18’40’’ and125°21’40’’ East Longitude. Minahasa comprises about 4786 km
. Onthe northern part bordered with Mindanao islands (Philippines), the

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