Unveiling linguistic inference dynamics: native language influences on bahasa Indonesia acquisition among Filipino BIPA learners

Tito Dimas Atmawijaya


This research investigates the intricate process of linguistic inference exhibited by Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing (BIPA) learners from the Philippines. The study delves into the interplay between the learners' native language influences and the structural elements of Bahasa Indonesia, focusing on morphology and syntax. Over six months, involving 25 participants, this research identifies and categorizes dimensions of linguistic inference, revealing adaptive strategies deployed by learners during their language acquisition journey. The exploration is anchored in the concept that second language acquisition involves a cognitive process of decoding morphology and syntax, influenced by both linguistic universals and language-specific features. By examining themes such as native language morphological adaptation, transfer of sentence structures, and the interplay between linguistic universals and language-specific elements, the study uncovers the evolution of inferential strategies over time. Additionally, it addresses the challenges learners encounter and how they adapt to enhance their linguistic skills. Findings illuminate the developmental trajectory of inferential strategies, bridging theoretical gaps in the discourse of second language acquisition and offering insights for curriculum design and pedagogical practices. The research contributes to understanding the dynamic process of linguistic inference, enriching discussions on morphosyntactic acquisition and cross-linguistic influences in language learning.


BIPA; linguistic inference; second language acquisition, Bahasa Indonesia, morphosyntactic adaptation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26499/jbipa.v5i2.6616


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