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Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines: Linguistic context and the role of English

Andy Kirkpatrick

in English as a Lingua Franca in Asean

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028795
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206922 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028795.003.0002

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines: Linguistic context and the role of English

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This chapter provides a historical description and comparison of the role of the English language in members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that were previously colonies of English-speaking empires including Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It suggests that the major motivation for language-education policies in Malaysia has been ethnicity and race, while the major motivation in the Philippines has been class. In all countries discussed, the need to modernize acted as a power motivator for English.

Keywords: ASEAN countries; English language; Brunei; Malaysia; Philippines; language education; ethnicity; race; social class; modernization

Chapter.  10708 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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