Malaysian English: Evidence of contact with classifier languages

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The emergence of a distinctive variety of English in Malaysia, widely known as ME, has been the subject of many studies. From the lexicon to the phonological system to the syntax, this variety has undergone the progressive nativisation commonly observed in varieties of English that were transplanted through colonisation into multilingual and multiculturalsettings and that have gone on to play Significant roles and functions within the independent states (e.g.Lowenberg, 1984; Schneider, 200$ and Baskaran, 2005).The prolonged and intense contact between English and the other languages spoken in Malaysia, such as Malay, Chinese and Tamil, has produced systematic linguistic variation and change resulting in a local variety of English that is divergent from Standard English yet recognisable and relevant, especially to its speakers and others in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish in Malaysia
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Use and Status
EditorsToshiko Yamaguchi, David Deterding
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789004314290
ISBN (Print)9789004314290
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameBrill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
ISSN (Print)1879-5412
ISSN (Electronic)1879-5420


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