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The use of Malay Malaysian English in Malaysian English: Key considerations


Ahmad Mahir, Normazla and Silahudin Jarjis, Mariatul Kibtiyah (2007) The use of Malay Malaysian English in Malaysian English: Key considerations. In: The Second Biennial International Conference on Teaching and Learning of English in Asia : Exploring New Frontiers (TELiA2), 14-16 June 2007, Holiday Villa Beach & Spa Resort, Langkawi. Faculty of Communication and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-983-42061-2-3

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Abstract

Once, English was thought to be the ‘lingua franca’, understood by people around the world. This was because British English was introduced by the British Empire during the colonization era. After the myriad of colonies gained independence, however, one ‘standard’ English has evolved into many different localized dialects; namely Singapore English (SE), Malaysian English (ME) and others. These ‘localization’ has caused fear among educators and professionals especially the native speakers that English has turned into a corrupt language. With relevance to Clyne’s (1992) ‘pluricentric’ languages, this paper shall highlight the nature of local variations in the context of Malaysian English as well as justify the needs for having standard non-native varieties of the English language used within the confines of the Malaysian socio-cultural context. Suggestions for realizing this issue as a means of encouraging more public acceptance and bridging proficiency gaps in the target language will also be featured.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Organized by Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Communication and Modern Language, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 30 May 2011 01:58
Last Modified: 30 May 2011 01:58
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3263

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