Balinese Women and Men and Their Language

Ni Wayan Kasni, I Wayan Budiarta


The use of language for men and women is tightly related with the culture and norm where the language is used. The language used for men and women termed as gender language in Bali is much influenced by its culture. Therefore this research was done to investigate what linguistics devices are used to show men and women and what are the functions of those devices. There are two kinds of data used in analyzing the problems, namely spoken data taken from the informants and written data taken from the book of Basita Paribahasa by W.Simpen (2010) and of Aneka Rupa Paribasa Bali written by I Nengah Tinggen (1988). The result of the study revealed that there are six linguistics devices; (1) morphological device, (2) article, (3) nouns, (4) verbs, (5) adjectives, and (6) figurative language. They are as the markers of female and male, describing characters and physical appearance, giving suggestion, and used in daily communication for seducing women. 

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