Malaysian English: language contact and change

Siew TAN

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
Number of pages241
EditionFirst
ISBN (Print)9783631637005
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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