Lexical associations of Malayness in Hikayat Abdullah: A collocational analysis

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Lexical collocation is a universal phenomenon in any language. Repetitions of any lexical item with other words form specific patterns. From the point of view of natural language processing, collocations can be divided into two categories. First, collocation which is formed by chance because of the high usage of any particular word in a text. The other category are words which collocate with other words for some significant reason. The patterns of collocation are different between texts and users. This study explores lexical collocations of the word Melayu in Hikayat Abdullah, the nineteenth century text renown as the first Malay autobiography by Munsyi Abdullah. This quantitative study investigates the strength of association of the collocates using the mutual information scores and the semantic fields of the collocates to discern the representation of Malayness in the Hikayat. The results indicate that the collocates with strong association with Melayu to the semantic fields of bahasa (language); bangsa (race); institusi (institutions) andnilai (values).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Collocation analysis
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Hikayat abdullah
  • Malaysia
  • Mutual information (MI) score
  • Strength of association

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Lexical associations of Malayness in Hikayat Abdullah : A collocational analysis. / Abdullah @ Ho Yee Beng, Imran Ho; Hashim, Ruzy Suliza; Husin, Norhafizah Mohamed.

In: Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 6, 2010, p. 429-433.

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