ERIC Number: ED357624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pronominal Differences in Languages of Sabah and Sarawak and the Effect on the Acquisition of Bahasa Malaysia.
Lee, Eileen Yen Ee; Boutin, Michael E.
Bilingual education programs must be based on a sound understanding of the linguistic, social, psychological, and cultural factors affecting students. This paper is concerned with linguistic factors that affect the acquisition of Bahasa Malaysia (BM) pronouns by non-native speakers from Sabah and Sarawak. Properties in the personal pronoun systems of three Malaysian languages are compared in order to understand problems in the acquisition of BM by first-language speakers of Bongii from Sabah and Kelabit from Sarawak. Specifically, the problem of property mismatch in language differences in language acquisition is addressed through study of grammatical properties found in the three pronominal systems. These properties are categorized as case, person, noun, status, or definiteness. Singular/plural properties are found in BM, singular/plural/dual are found in Bongii, and singular/plural/dual/trial in Kelabit. It is suggested that acquisition of the property status is a formidable task for Bongii and Kalabit speakers to aspire to use BM pronouns appropriately. Contains 35 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia