Medium Perantara Pelbagai Suku Kaum Di Sarawak: Kajian Lingua Franca

Translated title of the contribution: Intermediate language in multi-ethnic relations in Sarawak: A study on lingua franca

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Abstract

Lingua franca in this study refers to a language used to communicate between speakers with different native languages (Samarin 1968: 661). The language of communication is usually the language often used in everyday life. In the state of Sarawak, there are many ethnic groups with their own native languages. However, at the same time, they also use a common language of communication which is appropriate, comprehensible and does not raise communication problems. In Sarawak, the language with the highest number of speakers is the Iban language. This is based on the distribution of population in the said state. This research includes a field survey which employs questionnaires and informal interviews. The findings of this research illustrate that the Iban language and Sarawak Malay dialect are chosen as the lingua franca in Sarikei, Sarawak. Iban is used in informal settings while Sarawak Malay is used in formal ones.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)903-922
Number of pages20
JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
Volume12
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Keywords

  • Ethnic
  • Iban language
  • Language choice
  • Lingua franca
  • Sarawak Malay dialect

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  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Medium Perantara Pelbagai Suku Kaum Di Sarawak : Kajian Lingua Franca. / Mis, Mohammed Azlan.

In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3, 09.2012, p. 903-922.

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