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What determines the choice of language with friends and neighbors? the case of Malaysian university undergraduates.


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Md. Mostafizar Rahman, Abu Rashed and Chan, Swee Heng and Abdullah, Ain Nadzimah (2008) What determines the choice of language with friends and neighbors? the case of Malaysian university undergraduates. Language in India, 8 (10). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1930-2940

Abstract

Bi-/multilingual people exercise choices of language among the languages of their linguistic repertoire for different purposes in different domains. The choice is determined by various factors such as ethnicity, proficiency, attitudes, socio-cultural background, language policy, and in particular, the domain itself.Malaysia being a multilingual country, what languages are chosen with friends and relatives, and what determines the choice constitute the main objectives of this paper.Data for this paper was collected through a questionnaire survey administered to a sample of university undergraduates and analyzed those using SPSS. The findings show that respondents from the major ethnic groups preferred their respective ethnic languages with friends and neighbours of the same ethnic backgrounds but choice of Bahasa Malaysia (BM) among the non-Malays and choice for English among respondents irrespective of ethnicity increase while the interlocutors belong to other ethnic backgrounds. Ethnicity, proficiency and domain of use were found to be contributing factors of language choice with friends and neighbours in Malaysia.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Language in India
Keywords: Bilingualism; Multilingualism; Language & languages; Language policy.
Depositing User: Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 04:31
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 06:24
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/17638
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