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Malaysian English

Language Contact and Change

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Siew Imm Tan

Malaysian English: Language Contact and Change is a corpus-based study of contemporary Malaysian English. Based on linguistic features extracted from the Malaysian English Newspaper Corpus, this study demonstrates the diverse ways in which Malaysian English has changed as a result of contact with Malay and Chinese languages. The interactions between groups of speakers who are dominant in English and those who are dominant in Malay or Chinese have resulted in wide-ranging changes in Malaysian English. Multilingual individuals who juggle several languages in their daily communications have also shaped the structure of this variety. This volume suggests that variation and change in Malaysian English are the results of both the communal acquisition and the maintenance of English by a multilingual community.

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2.1: “Price Current” (Source: Prince of Wales Island Government Gazette, 27 December 1806) ..................................................................................... 27 2.2: “Court and Bone” (Source: Prince of Wales Island Government Gazette, 11 October 1806)......................................................................................... 28 2.3: An extract from “Perak News” (Source: Straits Times Weekly Issue, 19 July 1892)............................................................................................... 31 3.1: An annotated article from the MEN Corpus ............................................... 46 3.2: Concordance lines of “kongsi*” from the MEN Corpus ........................... 49 3.3: Dictionary entry created for “kongsi” based on data from the MEN Corpus ......................................................................................................... 51 3.4: Concordance lines of “discuss* on” from the MEN Corpus ..................... 52 4.1: Dictionary entry created for “rendang” based on data from the MEN Corpus.......................................................................................... 63 4.2: Concordance lines of “rotan” from the MEN Corpus ............................... 76 4.3: Concordance lines of “rakyat” from the MEN Corpus.............................. 78 5.1: Classification of common nouns in Malay (translated and adapted from: Nik Safiah et al., 1993, p. 100) ................................................................. 114 5.2: Classification of common nouns in English (adapted from: Quirk et al., 1985, p. 247).............................................................................................. 115

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