Pemilihan bahasa komuniti penan muslim di Sarawak

Translated title of the contribution: The language choices of the Muslim penan community in Sarawak

Chong Shin, Hendrikus Mangku, James Thomas Collins

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The Penan ethnic group who resides in Sarawak has frequently been stereotyped as a nomadic, pagan and poor tribe of the interior. However, based on recent research many ethnic Penans live throughout the coastal area, in particular in the Niah, Suai and Kemena river valleys. This paper focuses on the Catholic and Muslim Penans in Suai Jambatan village. These two communities of ethnic Penans each with an allegiance to a different language and a different religion, i.e. the Penan Muslim speak Bintulu language meanwhile the Chatolic or Pagan Penans still maintained Penan as their mother tongue. The existence and manipulation of four languages in this village presents a complex sociolinguistic environment. This paper aims to describe the language choices they make in this complicated multilingual setting. The data were collected by using the participation observation and face to face interview method based on Fishman's approach (1971). The researcher of this study has stayed a month in the field to collect the data. He involved in the villager’s daily activities and observed their language choices. This study has determined that domains plays important roles in language selections. For example, they choose the language associated with their Muslim identity, i.e. the Bintulu language; while the Penan and Iban language remains the alternative language for daily communication. The implication of this study is it has reappraised the concept of Malay language selection and Islam convertion. In this case, the Penan Muslim tend to choose other “Moslem language” rather than Malay language.

Original languageMalay
Pages (from-to)61-80
Number of pages20
JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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Pemilihan bahasa komuniti penan muslim di Sarawak. / Shin, Chong; Mangku, Hendrikus; Collins, James Thomas.

In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 18, No. 4, 01.11.2018, p. 61-80.

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