Erwina Gusti, Siti Aisah Ginting


This study describes the behavior of Acehnese teenagers in Banda Aceh through the use of Hadih Maja in Banda Aceh. This study aims (1) to explain the kind of attitudes of Acehnese teenagers to the Aceh language in Banda Aceh 2) to investigate the habits of Aceh teenagers in using Acehnese (3) to explain process of preserving Hadih Maja as a representative of Aceh teenagers in using the Acehnese language. The method used in this research was qualitative research. The subjects were 30 Acehnese teenagers living in Banda Aceh who were selected by sampling with certain considerations. Data was obtained from a questionnaire and from interviews. The questionnaire was used to find out the attitude of Acehnese teenagers to using the vernacular while the interviews were used to obtain concrete data by transcribing their utterances when speaking Acehnese. Data analysis used the theory of Moleong (2007). The results showed that (1) Acehnese teenagers had a negative attitude to using their vernacular language in Banda Aceh, (2) the negative attitudes of the Acehnese teenagers to using their vernacular caused their ignorance of the Aceh language based on the philosophy of the Hadih Maja, and (3) they used Hadih Maja in certain situations, such as at weddings and traditional events because this is one way to preserve Hadih Maja as representative of their vernacular language. This shows how they keep the vernacular when they go to different places and to other cities (outside of Aceh) because their vernacular is part of their identity as a community.


Acehnese; Hadih Maja; teenagers; attitude; habits; preservation of culture

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