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English in Malaysia: Attitudes towards Malaysian English and Standard English
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In Malaysia what was at first Standard English has over time changed and a variety called Malaysian English has arisen. This variety of English is full of colloquial expressions and the grammar also differs slightly from that of Standard English. This paper surveys Malaysian speakers’ attitudes towards Malaysian English and Standard English. A questionnaire was used to collect the data. The results show that the informants consider Malaysian English useful for informal and everyday communication whereas Standard English is more useful for international communication as well as more formal purposes. A good command of Standard English is still regarded as important. It became evident that while the informers were aware of Malaysian English and its linguistic characteristics, identifying them in written sentences was not easy. The informants’ attitudes towards Malaysian English and Standard English showed that one variety does not have to exclude the existence of the other.

Abstract [sv]

Vad som först var standardengelska har i Malaysia över tid ändrats och en ny variant kallad malaysisk engelska har växt fram. Denna variant av engelska är full av lokala uttryck och grammatiken skiljer sig delvis från standardengelskans. Denna studie undersöker talares attityder till malaysisk engelska och standardengelska med hjälp av en enkät. Resultaten visar att malaysisk engelska är användbar för informell och vardaglig kommunikation medan standardengelska är mer användbar för internationell samt mer formell kommunikation. Att behärska standardengelska anses fortfarande vara viktigt. Det blev tydligt att även om informanterna var medvetna om malaysisk engelskas lingvistiska särdrag så var det inte helt enkelt att identifiera dem i skrivna meningar. Informanternas attityder till malaysisk engelska och standardengelska visade att en variant inte nödvändigtvis utesluter den andra.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
Malaysian English, Standard English, Bahasa Malaysia, attitudes
Keywords [sv]
malaysisk engelska, standardengelska, bahasa malaysia, attityder
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70944OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70944DiVA, id: diva2:1286600
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English
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2019-01-18, Karlstad, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved

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