Utilising Arabic-origin loanwords in teaching Malay as a foreign language

Uni, K. (2015) Utilising Arabic-origin loanwords in teaching Malay as a foreign language. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 23 (3). pp. 665-680. ISSN 0128-7702

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Abstract

After Sanskrit, Arabic is the second-largest donor language to the Malay vocabulary. Through a vocabulary survey containing 40 Arabic-origin Malay loanwords, this study examines the utility of explicit presentation of Arabic-origin Malay loanwords and their etymologies in teaching Malay as a foreign language to Arabic speakers. The participants included 20 Arabic-speaking students at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The participants averaged 24.4 correct answers and 17.6 newly learned vocabulary items. At 5% significance level, a clear significant difference was found in participants' scores before and after the presentation of the loanwords' Arabic etymologies (p = .000). This study concluded that the explicit presentation of Arabic-origin Malay loanwords containing one or more modified consonants or vowels and their etymologies benefits Arabic speakers who are learning Malay as a foreign language.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabic; Loanwords; Malay; Cognates; Etymology
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2018 06:56
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2018 06:56
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/19515

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