Linguistic diversity and ecology of the Northern and South – Western Region of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Borneo

Norahim, Norazuna (2013) Linguistic diversity and ecology of the Northern and South – Western Region of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Borneo. [Working Paper] (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper is an attempt to provide an overview of the state of the linguistic diversity and ecology of the state of Sarawak, East Malaysia. The existence of multilingualism/ bilingualism is not evenly distributed throughout the region. This will be examined from various dimensions such as rural-urban, geographical and demographic. The paper also highlights past and current research projects on threatened and endangered languages of Sarawak, and includes a discussion on retention (if not revival) of minority languages. A particular focus of this paper is to examine the causes for changes in language choice patterns observed in some communities. In multilingual communities in the region, attitudes towards languages and the types of bilingual practices - how speakers utilise languages within their repertoires, have been proven to be the main causes of a community or a social group within the community to initiate changes in language choice patterns that may threaten the survival of minority community languages.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Linguistic, diversity, ecology, multilingualism, bilingualism, languages of Sarawak, multilingual communities, minority community, Northern region of Sarawak, South-western region of Sarawak, 2013, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, universiti, university, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, undergraduate, research
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Language Studies (rebranded to FLSCS in 2015)
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 09:11
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2020 06:56
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/345

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