Trend penggunaan bahasa samar dalam persidangan parlimen Malaysia

Translated title of the contribution: Trend of adjunctive and disjunctive extenders usage in the Malaysian parliament

Kim Hua Tan, Imran Ho Abdullah @ Ho Yee Beng, Nur Azureen Zulkifli, Shamirr Muhammad Mohd Shukor

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This study traces the trend of vague language usage among politicians in the Malaysian Parliament by studying the Malaysian Parliament Hansard corpus from 1970 to 1979 and comparing it to the corpus from 2000 to 2009. The category of vague language studied is the adjunctive and disjunctive phrases. Corpus-based methodology enables the identification of unusually significant keyword index of words in this category thus affirming the significance of vague language in the Malaysian Parliament. The adjunctive phrases were ‘dan lain lain’, ‘dan sebagainya’ and the disjunctive phrases were ‘atau sebagainya’ and ‘atau lebih’. Findings indicated that there is an extension of function of ‘dan sebagainya’ whereby this phrase is used to address only issues in 1970s in contrast with the year 2000s where the function of ‘dan sebagainya’ has been expanded to address both issues and providing solutions. The disjunctive ‘atau lebih’ is interesting, as it is used extensively in 2000s to quote legal acts, something which is not present in the 70s. Generally, the trend of usage from the 70’s to 00’s is a high preference for the use of adjunctives over disjunctives based on frequency per million. This trend predictably will continue in the forthcoming Parliamentary sessions.

Original languageMalay
Pages (from-to)84-100
Number of pages17
JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

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Trend penggunaan bahasa samar dalam persidangan parlimen Malaysia. / Tan, Kim Hua; Abdullah @ Ho Yee Beng, Imran Ho; Zulkifli, Nur Azureen; Mohd Shukor, Shamirr Muhammad.

In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4, 01.11.2017, p. 84-100.

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Tan, Kim Hua ; Abdullah @ Ho Yee Beng, Imran Ho ; Zulkifli, Nur Azureen ; Mohd Shukor, Shamirr Muhammad. / Trend penggunaan bahasa samar dalam persidangan parlimen Malaysia. In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 84-100.
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