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Malaysia has long been a melting pot of various cultures and ethnicities, including the three largest populations, the Malay, Chinese, and Indians. Despite this, efforts to implement multilingualism, advocated by language educators and policy makers, have been marred by political and religious affiliations. Drawing on two decades of field research, this timely analysis of language variation in Malaysia is an important contribution to the understanding not only of linguistic pluralism in the country, but also of the Indian Diaspora, and of the effects of language change on urban migrant populations. The research presented here will be of interest to scholars of Southeast Asian and South Asian Studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Introduction: Language Policies at Variance with Language Use in Multilingual Malaysia
  2. Dipika Mukherjee, Maya Khemlani David
  3. pp. 13-22
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  1. 1. The Importance of Ethnic Identity when Language Shift Occurs: A Study of the Malaysian Iyers
  2. Lokasundari Vijaya Sankar
  3. pp. 23-42
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  1. 2. Ethnic Identity in the Tamil Community of Kuching
  2. Maya Khemlani David, Caesar Dealwis, Ponmalar N Alagappar
  3. pp. 43-58
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  1. 3. Do Exogamous Marriages Result in Language Shift? Focus on the Sindhis of Kuching, Malaysia
  2. Maya Khemlani David, Caesar Dealwis
  3. pp. 59-70
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  1. 4. Malaysian-Filipino Couples and Language Choice: Heritage Language or International Language?
  2. Francisco Perlas Dumanig, Maya Khemlani David
  3. pp. 71-86
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  1. 5. I am not English but my First Language is English: English as a First Language among Portuguese Eurasians in Malaysia
  2. Stefanie Pillai, Mahmud Hasan Khan
  3. pp. 87-100
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  1. 6. Language and Identity: Children of Indian Bidayuh Mixed Marriages
  2. Caesar Dealwis, Maya Khemlani David
  3. pp. 101-114
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  1. 7. The Impact of Language Policy on Language Shifts in Minority Communities: Focus on the Malayalee Community in Malaysia
  2. Mohana Nambiar
  3. pp. 115-126
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  1. 8. My Son has to maintain his Language because that is his Culture: The Persistence and Adaptation of the Bengali Community in Malaysia
  2. Dipika Mukherjee
  3. pp. 127-150
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  1. 9. Intercultural Communication in Sarawak: Language Use of the Chinese-Speaking Communities
  2. Su-Hie Ting
  3. pp. 151-162
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  1. 10. Malay Javanese Migrants in MalaysiaContesting or Creating Identity?
  2. Jariah Mohd Jan
  3. pp. 163-172
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  1. 11. Conclusions: Multilinguality in the Malaysian Context of Nation-Building and Globalisation
  2. Renate Karchner-Ober, Dipika Mukherjee, Maya Khemlani David
  3. pp. 173-184
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048513383
Related ISBN
9789089642714
MARC Record
OCLC
780425677
Pages
206
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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