Synopsis of Webinar
Malaysia is a multicultural and multilingual country with more than forty living ethnic groups in total both on the western peninsula and the states on the Borneo island. While the largest ethnic groups have often been identified as the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans and Kadazans, a large number of minority groups exist with their distinct languages, some of which have been indicated as endangered due a dwindling number of speakers. Many of these minority languages have not been committed to the written form, and hence, the rich cultural knowledge associated with the speech communities are accessible only through the oral tradition. The diverse sociolinguistic character of Malaysian society offers a fertile ground for linguistic and applied linguistics research that can contribute to both development of linguistic theory and understanding of cultural and sociolinguistic practices of particular societies. In this webinar, we invite three active researchers who have made invaluable contributions towards supporting linguistic diversity in Malaysia through research on Malaysian languages. Dr Jurgen Bukhardt, Assoc. Prof. Dr Su-Hie Ting and Prof. Stefanie Pillai, who are noted for their work on ethnic languages and dialects will share their findings on some of their research conducted, and their experience in conducting field work, particularly for researchers interested to venture into this area of research.
|ASSOC. PROF. DR TING SU-HIE||PROF. DR. STEFANIE SHAMINI PILLAI||DR. JÜRGEN MARTIN BURKHARDT||ASSOC. PROF. DR CHAN MEI YUIT|
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