Language and Culture Conflict in the Conversation amongst Malaysian Children

By Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah, Normaliza Abd Rahim, Norizan Che Su, Noor Aina Dani, Normahdiah S. Said and Ahmad Mahmood Musanif.

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Language and culture conflict exists when the rise of the opposition in comprehension of language and culture between two community groups. The conflict in language and culture that undergo by the people in Malaysia with relation to the contemporary lifestyle and also the living environment and culture. With this matter, each civilised society has and complies to the rules inhering their language and culture. Culture includes arts, belief, custom, institution, creation, language, technology and value. The need of language and culture was to ascertain society in order to behave according to what the community wants and follow the language and culture patterns which has been prescribed. With the understanding of the language and culture in a community, conflict could be avoided. Hence, this paper will discuss the language and culture conflict among the Malaysians. Second, to describe the language and culture aspects that can be obtained from the conflict raised among the Malaysian community. The study sample comprises of 30 pupils studying in primary school from rural and urban area. Data were gathered using recording, interviewing, and distributing questionnaire. Data will be analysed by using socio-pragmatic approach. The outcome of the research also indicated that aspects of context and cognition have also played an important role in Malaysian’s communication. Some youngsters provide the information that is inherent in their cognition to the relevant context. The contexts inherent functioned to provide meanings to the utterances concerned.

Keywords: Language and Culture Conflict

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.147-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 564.143KB).

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah is a lecturer in the Malay Language Department, Faculty of Modern languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia (UPM). She holds a Certificate of Education in Teaching Young Children, Bacelor of Education in Teaching Malay Language, Master Degree in Malay Studies (Semantic and Pragmatic) and her Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Her area of interests are Semantic and Pragmatic, Sosiopragmatic, Semantic Cognitive, Teaching Malay Language, Translation and Qualitatif Research in the Malay Studies . Currently supervising Masters and Ph.D students in mastering the qualitative research in Malay Linguistic and the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Norizan Che Su

Lecturer, Department of Foreign Language, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Hold a degree in the Teaching of Thai from University of Ramkhamheang, Thailand. Has recently obtained MA degree in Sociolinguistic. Has produced several texts on Mastering of Thai language. Has presented several papers on issues related to Teaching Thai as a Foreign Language; and translation of Thai classical texts.

Dr. Noor Aina Dani

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Noor Aina Dani is an Associate Professor at University Putra Malaysia. Her expertise is on Psycholinguistics.

Dr. Normahdiah S. Said

Lecturer, Department of the Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

PhD in Cognitive Ergonomics of Human Computer Interaction (HCI, Loughborough University, UK. M Ed. in Educational Technology & Media in Education, Uinversity of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. B. Ed. (TESL) Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. Area of speciality: Interactive Multimedia, Cognitive Ergonomics, HCI, Educational Technology, Media in Education, Language Technology, Text Design and Interface Design. Recent research interest: Developing further research on the engagement model; Designing multimedia learning applications for children & teenagers; Designing digital story telling environment.

Ahmad Mahmood Musanif

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Ahmad Mahmood Musanif is an Associate Professor at University Putra Malaysia. His expertise is on Semantic and Discourse.

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