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Title: Malaysian English
Subtitle: Language Contact and Change
Written By: Siew Imm Tan
Series Title: Duisburger Arbeiten zur Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft

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.

Contents: Malaysian English – Historical Background – Malaysian English Newspaper Corpus – Lexical Borrowing – Lexical Creation – Group Second Language Acquisition – Reclassification of Common Nouns – Multi-word Verbs – Lexical Variation – Theoretical Model of Contact-induced Change – Influences of Malay and Chinese.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783631637005
Pages: 241
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