The Influence of Age Cohorts and Social Networks on the Language Choices of the Non-Indigenous Tamil Minority in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Alagappar, Ponmalar N. and Dealwis, Caesar and David, Maya Khemlani (2018) The Influence of Age Cohorts and Social Networks on the Language Choices of the Non-Indigenous Tamil Minority in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Kemanusiaan, 25 (1). pp. 69-93. ISSN 1394-9330

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.21315/kajh2018.25.1.4

Abstract

This paper reports on the application of age cohorts to the theory of social networks in a study of language choices of Tamil city dwellers in Kuching, Sarawak located on the island of Borneo. This study, which adopts Milroy’s (1980) social networks, focuses mainly on code choices made in the spoken discourse of multilingual Tamils of different age cohorts. Our analysis of data gathered from a one-shot survey and supported by face-to-face interviews shows variations in code choices by age cohort. Code selections within and across the different age cohorts in the home and friendship domains denote the influence of age and social networks among minority Tamils.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age cohorts; Code choice; Language choices; Social networks; Tamils of Kuching
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Centre for The Initiation of Talent and Industrial Training
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 01:53
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 01:53
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22600

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