Bookcover of Language maintenance and shift among the Semai in Malaysia
Booktitle:

Language maintenance and shift among the Semai in Malaysia

A study of indigenous language use

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2012-11-25 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-659-30253-4

ISBN-10:
3659302538
EAN:
9783659302534
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
This study investigates the reported language use of one bilingual Semai community, a linguistic minority in Peninsular Malaysia. The Semai is the largest indigenous group in the peninsular and the language, Semai, is generally an oral language. Semai bilingual speakers are faced with choices in language behavior that will determine whether or not the Semai language will be maintained. Given the fact that the future of the Semai language depends on its actual use, this study was undertaken to examine the reported language use patterns and the factors that contribute to maintenance or shift in one Semai community. The reported language use patterns in the sample population appear to suggest a trend towards maintenance.This study concludes by positing that demographic factors, the values and attitudes of the people and religious homogeneity found in the community play an important role in the maintenance of the Semai language.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Esther Boucher-Yip
Number of pages:
216
Published on:
2012-11-25
Stock:
Available
Category:
General Social sciences
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
indigenous, Bilingualism, language maintenance, Language Shift, Orang Asli, Semai language

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