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The Noun Phrase in Standard Malay and Myanmar/Burmese Compared: Pedagogical Implications for L1 Burmese Speakers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Sercombe


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This study considers differences between the structure and components of the noun phrase in Malay and Myanmar, similar comparisons not having previously been undertaken, as far as we are aware. Both are Southeast Asian languages, although from different language families, Malay being Austronesian and Myanmar being part of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. Our motivations are both to highlight similarities and, more particularly, differences in structural features within the noun phrase of each language; and, secondly, from our description of these, to derive potential learning difficulties for Myanmar learners in the written production of Malay. Khin Khin Aye conducted three separate written tests in order to see if these ‘difficulties’ were evident in the writing of L1 Myanmar learners of Malay. Where differences had previously been identified, there was a range of infelicities in evidence in students’ writing, most obviously regarding word order. This suggests the comparative exercise was worthwhile in that actual difficulties have been identified; and that these the potential to inform teaching methods and curriculum design.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Aye KK, Sercombe PG

Editor(s): Boutin, M; Sercombe PG; Clynes, A

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Advances in the study of Bornean Cultures and Languages

Year: 2014

Pages: 217-315

Print publication date: 19/09/2014

Publisher: Borneo Research Council

Place Published: Williamsburg, Virginia


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ISBN: 192990018X