News | Monday, 6 June 2011 | sundanesecorner.org
The Bandung-based Institute of Sundanese Language and Literature (LBSS) will host Kongrés Basa Sunda ‘Congress on Sundanese Language’ next month in Bogor, West Java. A committee member of the congress said yesterday that the event will be held from 11 to 13 July. He also said that the main theme to be discussed in the coming forum is entitled Ngamumulé Basa Sunda, Mageuhan Jati Diri Bangsa ‘Preserving Sundanese Language, Strengthening National Identity’.
Supported by the provincial government of West Java, Congress on Sundanese is one of LBSS’ routine activities. The coming Bogor forum will be the 9th congress to be held since LBSS establishment in 1950s. The congress usually generates recommendations toward the preservation and development of Sundanese language and literature. One of the significant outcomes of LBSS’ endeavor is the publication of the standardized Kamus Umum Basa Sunda ‘Sundanese Dictionary’—which is so far the most authoritative Sundanese dictionary.
Criticism has occasionally been heard, however, due to the contemporary role of LBSS in preserving and developing the language. Facing the tendency toward deterioration of Sundanese cultural values in the global culture, LBSS has actually been expected to play its role in more proactive ways. The standardized dictionary, for instance, is not yet updated since its first publication decades ago. New vocabularies, especially that are generated from latest development of information and communication technology, are not yet adopted. The institution has also been expected to encourage people to revitalize the language in daily life.