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Bahasa Binan

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Bahasa Binan

Bahasa Binan (or Bahasa Béncong) is a dialect of Indonesian originating with the gay community. It has several regular patterns of word formation and is documented in both writing and speech.[1] One pattern of word formation modifies standard Indonesian roots (normally composed of two syllables) to have e as the first vowel and ong closing the second syllable—hence providing regular assonance with the standard Indonesian word bencong , a male homosexual. Another word formation pattern adds -in- infixes to other Indonesian roots. The best example is the word binan itself, formed with the word banci, "male transvestite", to which the -in- infix has been added and from which the second syllable -ci has been dropped. Bahasa Binan also uses a range of standard Indonesian words with altered meaning. The standard word for "cat", kucing, is used in Bahasa Binan to denote a male prostitute. Another word with wide currency in Bahasa Binan, but actually typical of standard Indonesian informal word formation, is waria from wanita (woman) + pria (man), meaning "transvestite".


  • See also 1
  • Notes and references 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • External links 4

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Boellstorf (2004): 248


  • Boellstorff, Tom (2007). A coincidence of desires: anthropology, queer studies, Indonesia. Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-3991-9
  • Boellstorf, Tom (2005). The gay archipelago: sexuality and nation in Indonesia. Princeton University Press.
  • Boellstorff, Tom (2004). "Gay language and Indonesia: registering belonging".  
  • Boellstorff, Tom (2004). , Indonesian Transvestites"Waria"Playing Back the Nation: .  
  • Boellstorff, Tom (2003). '"Authentic, of course!": gay language in Indonesia and cultures of belonging'. Chapter 7, pages 181–201 in William Leap, Tom Boellstorff (eds). Speaking in queer tongues: globalization and gay language. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-07142-5
  • Offord, Baden and Leon Cantrell (2001). "Homosexual Rights as Human Rights in Indonesia". Pages 233–252 in Gerard Sullivan and Peter A. Jackson (eds). Gay and lesbian Asia: culture, identity, community. Haworth Press. ISBN 1-56023-146-7
  • (Indonesian) TYO (2005). "Bahasa 'Binan' dan Trendi". Lampung Post 23 January.

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