This project investigates the relation between place and people as represented through language. It takes up the challenge thrown by a number of scholars in disciplines as varied as sociolinguistics, human geography, and philosophy, who insist upon the close interconnection between people and place. ‘Place' is here construed not merely as a physical location but rather as a bounded location within which the multiplicity of people, things, activity, and identity are interconnected. By examining casual conversation in Indonesian, the project aims to describe the kinds of linguistic strategies that are employed by speakers of the language in articulating their relations with physical locations and with other speakers within that multiplicity.