Bilingual Acquisition on Children's Language Choice

  • Lukia Zuraida Bali Tourism Polytechnic, Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Made Budiarsa Udayana University Indonesia
  • I Ketut Darmalaksana Udayana University Indonesia
  • I Wayan Simpen Udayana University Indonesia
Keywords: Mixed marriage, Bilingual acquisition, Language choice, Language transmitting, Language use domain


In mixed marriages, in this case Balinese and Japanese marriage, acquisition of children's language occurs in three different languages. This research was conducted to determine the effect of bilingual language inheritance patterns on children's language choices. Data were obtained by distributing questionnaires to ten mixed married Balinese and Japanese couples. In addition, observations and interviews were also carried out to confirm further data. Respondents were divided into three groups based on the type of bilingual acqusition. In each group of respondents obtained children's language choices. The domain of language use is divided into the family domain and the neighborhood domain. The children's language choices in each group are then compared. The results of this study show that differences in language transmission strategies affect children's language choices but dominant language in community also has a big influence. Choice of language used by children in each group of respondents always appears the choice of Indonesian language. With different inheritance patterns, the choice of Indonesian remains, and differs only in the frequency of choice.


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How to Cite
Zuraida, L., Budiarsa, M., Darmalaksana, I. K., & Simpen, I. W. (2020). Bilingual Acquisition on Children’s Language Choice. The International Journal of Social Sciences World (TIJOSSW), 2(01), 27-40. Retrieved from