FSBK—One of the lecturers of English Literature study program, Lungguh Ariang Bangga, S.Pd.,M.App.Ling, managed to get a Doctoral scholarship at The University of Sydney, Australia.
Lungguh Ariang Bangga, S.Pd.,M.App.Ling researched the Sundanese language problem from a Functional Systematic Linguistics perspective in this scholarship program.
“Sungsional Systemic Linguistics is one of the social theories of language; language is seen not as standard grammatical rules, but as semiosis. In other words, language is considered as a way to get things done,” explained Lungguh Ariang Bangga, S.Pd.,M.App.Ling.
In an interview on Saturday, September 11, he revealed that the language he took in this program was his mother tongue, namely Sundanese. He explained that currently, there are many Sundanese speakers but only a few have studied its linguistics.
“Sundanese is my mother tongue. In addition, Sundanese is also one of the languages that have the most speakers in Indonesia. There are around 32 million Sundanese speakers according to data from Ethnologue. However, the study of Sundanese linguistics tends to be very limited, especially studies conducted from the perspective of functional systemic linguistics,” he said.
This study will open the development of Sundanese language teaching which is focused on linguistic features as expected by Lungguh Ariang Bangga, S.Pd.,M.App.Ling.
“Through this study, I hope to provide input on the development of Sundanese language teaching which is focused on how linguistic features build meaning in texts and contexts. In other words, this study is also one of the first steps in developing socially responsible language teaching and linguistic (a socially and linguistically responsible language pedagogy); one of the advantages of functional systemic linguistic theory that puts forward the concept of appliable linguistics (contribution of linguistic studies to solve problems that exist around us,” he said.
Furthermore, Lungguh Ariang Bangga, S.Pd.,M.App.Ling explained that the scholarship recipient’s campus is currently the campus when he took his master’s degree. In addition, his supervisor is currently one of the authorities in his chosen field, namely Professor James Martin.
“A few years ago I also completed my master’s education at the same university and department. The reason is that the Department of Linguistics is a pioneer of functional systemic linguistics founded by MAK Halliday (the originator of this theory). In addition, I feel very fortunate because I can be mentored directly by one of the authorities in this field, namely Professor James Martin,” he said.