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.
|Title of host publication||English in Malaysia|
|Subtitle of host publication||Current Use and Status|
|Editors||Toshiko Yamaguchi, David Deterding|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture|