Capturing Bilingual Practices of the Bidayuh

Norazuna, Norahim (2023) Capturing Bilingual Practices of the Bidayuh. Asian Linguistic Anthropology, 5 (2). pp. 1-29. ISSN 2207-0656

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This paper discusses an anthropological framework to examine language shift among the Bidayuh, a polyglossic community located in the south-western part of Sarawak, Borneo. The framework captures speakers’ variations in language choice patterns and their bilingual- /multilingual practices. Language choice data was collected through interviews with 61 respondents, and participant observation of language choice of the respondents in various settings. The results of the study indicate that language shift is primarily a consequence of subtractive bilingual practices. Taking the Bidayuh language situation as an example, the paper contends that speakers’ bi-/multilingual practices are central in the assessment and prediction of language shift in communities. Considered in this light, the macro-view of language choice patterns of a community as primary evidence of the progression of language shift in communities should then be considered with caution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bilingualism, Borneo, polyglossic communities, language shift, anthropology
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Sanawi
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2023 09:00
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2023 09:00

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