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The question of linguistic variation in developing teaching materials for Malaysian and Indonesian Malay

The question of linguistic variation in developing teaching materials for Malaysian and Indonesian Malay

Dr. Jérôme Samuel

Date: 3 June 2021 (Thursday) Time: 03.30 pm - 04.30 pm (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

 The question of linguistic variation in developing teaching materials for Malaysian and Indonesian Malay

by
Professor Dr. Jérôme Samuel
INALCO, Paris 
Moderator
Dr. Samsur Rijal
Abstract
Linguistic variation (stylistic, diatopic, diastratic, etc.) is inherent in all languages and begs attention in didactics. It is particularly complex with respect to highly dialectalised, diglossic and/or transnational languages with multiple competing standards, as is the case of Malaysian and Indonesian Malay. This presentation will first address the specificities of the Indonesian linguistic situation and their reverberations on the teaching of the language. It will look at how teachers and language textbooks engage with – or not – the issue of standard versus substandard variation. It will next examine this issue within the context of the classroom as a site of confrontation and negotiation between divergent voices and differently legitimised authorities. Finally, we will consider the “transnational” variation in teaching Malay: the concurrent teaching of the two standard Malay variants that are Malaysian Malay and Indonesian Malay.


Date: 3 June 2021 (Thursday)

Time: 03.30 pm - 04.30 pm (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Fee: Free of charge 


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