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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
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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