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English in Malaysia

Postcolonial and Beyond

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This book is a collection of research-based papers on the development of Malaysian English (ME) from the immediate post-Independence period to the present. The chapters chart the chronological, linguistic as well as functional development of contemporary ME that provide new information on the variety beyond its identity as a postcolonial English.


Titel: English in Malaysia
Autoren/Herausgeber: Hajar Abdul Rahim, Shakila Abdul Manan (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: Linguistic Insights
Ausgabe: 1. Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783034313414

Seitenzahl: 285
Format: 22,5 x 15 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 430 g
Sprache: Englisch

Hajar Abdul Rahim is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and a principal member of the International Corpus of English (ICE) Malaysia. Shakila Abdul Manan is an Associate Professor of English Language Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Malaysian Studies. The editors are staff members of the English Language Studies Department, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

The main thrust of this edited book is the development of Malaysian English (ME) as a new variety of English from the 1950s to the first decade of the 21st century. The book comprises nine chapters on different aspects of the variety based on original research. The journey ME has taken as a postcolonial variety is discussed in terms of its linguistic development within the current frameworks of World Englishes (WE), particularly with regard to the evolution of new Englishes. Thus, the book discusses a range of ME linguistic and development issues such as lexis, phonology, modality, discoursal features, linguistic style and variation based on a variety of spoken, written, formal, informal, literary and non-literary language data. The findings from the studies contribute new knowledge on how ME has developed and also importantly, the realities and prospects of the variety as a dynamic and rich New English. - Newsletter
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