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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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Appendix C: Creations Using English Morphemes

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close proximity a. Related to the offence, under the Syariah law of Malaysia, of being in an isolated place and in close proximity with a person of the oppo- site sex who is not one’s spouse. Also khalwat. 2001 New Straits Times 28 Nov. Mahmud said as it was also a case in- volving an unwed couple found together in a house, the Religious Depart- ment was informed about the incident with the intention of them being ap- prehended for committing the “close proximity” offence. drummet n. Pl. -s. The first joint of a chicken wing, where it is attached to the bird. The term is generally used in the context of food, and is rarely used in other contexts, e.g., to describe the physical attributes of a chicken. 2001 New Straits Times 9 Sept. ... chicken drummets offered mild, me- dium or hot. dry kitchen n. A kitchen, usually within the house or flat, which is generally used for food preparation but not the actual cooking. This is also where cookware, cutlery, appliances, etc. are kept. 2001 New Straits Times 10 Aug. The next three designs—Indah Dahlia 1, 2 and 3—are larger, with a land area of 20ft by 60ft featuring a creative interior design with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, wet and dry kitchens and a store. fire-walking ceremony n. The ceremonial practice of walking over a bed of hot coals as an expression of faith and sometimes as a form of penance. Associ- ated with Hinduism and...

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