English(es) in Malaysia

Pillai, Stefanie and Ong, Lok Tik (2018) English(es) in Malaysia. Asian Englishes, 20 (2). pp. 147-157. ISSN 1348-8678, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13488678.2018.1459073.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13488678.2018.1459073


This article provides a brief historical overview of the advent of English in Malaysia and the education policies that impact on English language education. We then discuss the concept of Malaysian English. We show that rather than being seen as an umbrella term for all varieties of English used in Malaysia, the term ‘Malaysian English’ tends to be associated with the more colloquial spoken one and thus viewed negatively. In view of the expanded use of English in Malaysia, we propose a revised model for understanding the different varieties and uses of English in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysian English; colloquial Malaysia English; Manglish; education policies; model of Malaysian English varieties
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2019 01:38
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2019 01:38
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/21021

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