Journal article

Attitudes to English in contemporary Malaysia

Jia Chi Ng, Chloe Diskin-Holdaway

World Englishes: journal of English as an international and intranational language | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

This paper examines the attitudes that Malaysians of different backgrounds hold towards the English language in Malaysia, as well as how they perceive ‘Standard Malaysian English’ and ‘Colloquial Malaysian English’, in terms of status and solidarity. The study administered an online questionnaire, which included an embedded matched-guise experiment, to 77 Malaysian respondents in Malaysia and Australia. Findings indicated a range of divergent and at times contradictory views of Malaysian English, illuminating how Malaysians are in different stages of acceptance of Malaysian English as a legitimate variety of English. Through an examination of individual participant responses, the study also ..

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