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Patterns and variations in language choices among Bruneians

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Author(s): Sercombe PG; Saxena M

Editor(s): So, D.W.C., Jones, G.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Education and Society in Plurilingual Contexts

Year: 2002

Pages: 248-265

Edition: 1st

Publisher: Brussels University Press

Place Published: Brussels

Notes: This chapter explores the relationship between language, culture and identity in the multilingual context of Brunei, where the learning and use of English are considered essential for modernisation and internationalisation. Both Malay and English are taught and employed as media of instruction in the country’s ‘bilingual education system’. Consequently, they are both imbued with symbolic and communicative currency. We argue, however, that standard Malay and standard English have not been completely established in the collective consciousness of the local population because of the growth of cultural and linguistic capital of the non-standard varieties, Brunei Malay & Brunei English, providing particular evidence to support our hypothesis for the emergence of a local variety of English, or 'Brulish'.

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ISBN: 9054873221