Document Type : Original Article


National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Indonesia


This article describes the factors causing shifts in the usage, maintenance efforts, and maintenance strategies for the Bangka Malay language. The method used in this research is descriptive qualitative. The data were the results of interviews and library sources. Data was collected through direct observation of objects and the use of language in the life of the people of the Bangka Belitung Islands. The theory used is language maintenance and language shift. The findings show that many factors cause a shift in the use of Bangka Malay. However, efforts to maintain the use of language have been carried out by the government and the people who use it. These efforts have shown results, but optimization must be done. Language preservation can be done through a process of language education from an early age so that pride in using Bangka Malay appears earlier before being affected by foreign languages.