Maintaining Karonese Ecolexicon through Traditional Game Cengkah-cengkah
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A language and its environment are so dependent one another that maintaining a language also means maintaining its environment. One of the purposes of studying a language and its environment is to maintain the lexicon associated with the ecological environment, known as ecolexicon. This paper aims at maintaining Karonese ecolexicon through cengkah-cengkah,one of the Karonese traditional games in Lau Kambing and Turangi, the villages located in Salapian Sub-District,LangkatRegency,NorthSumatra,Indonesia.Thestudywasconductedbasedon ecolinguisticandsociolinguisticperspectives.ThedataweretheecolexiconusedintheKaronese traditional game cengkah-cengkah (both its old and new version). The data were collectedusing interviewanddocumenttechniques.Basedonthedataanalysis,itwasfoundthatthenewversion of Karonese traditional game cengkah-cengkah inserted more ecolexical items related to flora, cardinalpointsandlandmatters.Besides,mostoftheecolexicalitemsinsertedinthisgamewere the endangered ecolexicon that needed to be maintained. Based on the research findings, it is concluded that traditional games can serve as a good alternative way of language maintenance. Therefore, it is suggested to other researchers to do more studies on language maintenance involving traditional games from other regions.