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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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Malaysian English Feature Index

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A air jampi, 69, 165 ais kacang, 64, 166 Alhamdulil- lah/alhamdullilah/Alhamdullillah, 67, 74, 155 alphabet “letter of the alphabet,” 124, 138, 153 amah/amah chieh, 71, 189 ang pow/ang pau/angpow, 71, 84-85, 138, 189 ang pow packet, 71, 189 asam pedas, 64, 87, 155 ask /s/, 10 attached to “be an employee of,” 124 attaps, 26-27 auntie/aunty “term of respect for an older woman,” 124, 129-130 ayam pongteh, 64, 155 B baba, 66, 73, 155, 176 badminton player, 96 bahar, 24 baju Kedah, 69, 88, 155 baju kurung, 69, 87-88, 155-156 baju Melayu, 69, 156 bakau, 30 balik kampung, 70, 95-96, 156 balik kampung rush, 95-96, 205 batik, 69, 87, 156 batik art, 66, 156 batik cloth, 69, 79, 138, 156 batik painter, 66, 156 batik painting, 66, 156 batik sarong, 69, 182 bawal hitam, 65, 156 bawal putih, 65, 157 beef ball, 70, 189 beef rendang, 63-64, 79, 179 belacan, 65, 157, 197 bersanding ceremony, 65, 79, 157 Bharata Natyam, 152 bluff “to deceive, to mislead,” 124, 126- 127, 138, 153 bomoh, 69, 77, 88, 138, 157 brinjolls, 26-27 briyani rice, 64, 80, 157, 173 see also nasi biryani bubur, 64, 73, 157 bubur cha cha, 64, 157 bubur kacang, 64, 157, 166 bubur lambuk/lambok, 64, 74, 157 bubur pulut hitam, 64, 157 Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, 70, 189 budu, 65, 72, 137, 157 buka puasa/berbuka puasa, 67, 158 bumiputera/bumiputra, 66, 77, 158 bumiputra lot, 95, 205 bunga kantan, 65, 158 bunga manggar, 65, 159 bunga telur, 65, 159...

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