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English in Malaysia

Postcolonial and Beyond


Edited By Hajar Abdul Rahim and Shakila Abdul Manan

The main thrust of this edited book is the development of Malaysian English (ME) as a new variety of English from the 1950s to the first decade of the 21st century. The book comprises nine chapters on different aspects of the variety based on original research.
The journey ME has taken as a postcolonial variety is discussed in terms of its linguistic development within the current frameworks of World Englishes (WE), particularly with regard to the evolution of new Englishes. Thus, the book discusses a range of ME linguistic and development issues such as lexis, phonology, modality, discoursal features, linguistic style and variation based on a variety of spoken, written, formal, informal, literary and non-literary language data. The findings from the studies contribute new knowledge on how ME has developed and also importantly, the realities and prospects of the variety as a dynamic and rich New English.
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HAJAR ABDUL RAHIM is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the English Language Studies department, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her current research interests include second language vocabulary studies, corpus-based lexis studies and new varieties of English, with a particular focus on Malaysian English. She is the principal member of the International Corpus of English (ICE) Malaysia and is the author of several research articles on the evolution of English in Malaysia and Malaysian English lexis.

SHAKILA ABDUL MANAN is Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She teaches and researches in the areas of stylistics, critical discourse analysis, feminist and postcolonial studies. Her main research interest is in the critical study of language and the way in which it is used to constitute, maintain or challenge relationships of power. She is also interested in exploring issues of multicultural identity and their intersections with ethnicity, class and gender in Malaysian postcolonial creative writings. Her recent publications include co-edited volumes: Linguistics, Literature and Culture: Millennium Realities and Innovative Practices in Asia (2012), Exploring Space: Trends in Literature, Linguistics and Translation (2008) and Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Emerging Trends in Teaching and Learning (2008). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Kajian Malaysia (Journal of Malaysian Studies) published by Universiti Sains Malaysia.

ALIAS ABD GHANI is a Senior Lecture at the English Language Studies department, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia. His main area of interest is the phonological aspects of...

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