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Ding, Seong Lin; Chee, Wei Han – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
Language problems and language barriers are challenges facing not only immigrants but also minorities and people in rural/semirural areas. This study examines individuals' bi- and multilingual repertoires, language practices and attitudes in a Hokkien-speaking community in Kangar, a semirural town of northern Malaysia bordering Thailand. Through…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingual Education, Multilingualism, Language Minorities
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Nor, Siti Nurbaya Mohd – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2012
Discourse markers play significant roles in any spoken interaction. This research examines the functions of the discourse markers (DMs) well, now and and used as turn-initial interruptive devices in a Malaysian radio discourse. Using Schegloff's (2002) framework of what constitutes an interruption in turn-taking and previous studies on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Discourse Analysis, Interaction Process Analysis, Radio
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Shamsudin, Zainon; Ghazali, Kamila – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2011
This paper addresses the issue of identity construction of four young Malay homosexual men in Malaysia. Through narrative discourse of their lifeworlds (Habermas, Theory of communicative action, Polity Press, 1987), this study explores the participants' linguistic repertoire and discursive strategies in the formation, negotiation and establishment…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Ideology, Discourse Analysis, Interviews
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Li, Lean Mei – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2011
Malaysia is a multiracial country with a diverse range of religions, leading to a broad range of religious festivals throughout the year. In recent years, corporate giants such as Petronas, Telekom Malaysia (TM), Tenaga and Astro have taken to airing television commercials (TVCs) that contain a local touch when greeting their customers. Perhaps…
Descriptors: Television Commercials, Foreign Countries, Television, Information Technology
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Dumanig, Francisco Perlas; David, Maya Khemlani; Dealwis, Ceasar – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2011
Conversion narratives in the form of testimony are powerful means of consolidating and strengthening one's new religious identity (Beit-Hallahmi, Prolegomena to the psychological study of religion, Bucknell University Press, 1989; Rambo, Understanding religious conversion, Yale University Press, 1993; Stromberg 1993, as cited in Emmons &…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Philosophy, Religion
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Hashim, Azirah; Hassan, Norizah – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2011
This study examines interactions from trials in the Syariah court in Malaysia. It focuses on the types of questioning, the choice of language and the linguistic resources employed in this particular context. In the discourse of law, questioning has been a prominent concern particularly in cross-examination and can be considered one of the key…
Descriptors: Law Enforcement, Foreign Countries, Lawyers, Court Litigation
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Singh, Parvinder Kaur Hukam; Thuraisingam, Thavamalar – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2011
This paper attempts to shed light on the role of language in keeping religion relevant to the individual and society in present times. In the context of postmodernity, religion has become more of a meaning system to address the existential questions of the individual. Religious institutions have had to accommodate the changes brought about by a…
Descriptors: Clergy, Religion, Discourse Analysis, Educational Change