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Language Choice in the Bilingual Bugis Community in Peninsular Malaysia

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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bilingualism   language choice   Bugis community   Peninsular Malaysia   Domain


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


The Bugis community in Malaysia has to adapt to a more dominant local language, namely Malay language, for survival. The objective of this study is, (1) to identify the languages used by the community, (2) to analyse the language choice used in the primary domains that have been identified, namely family and employment domains, and (3) to discuss the factors involved in the language choice used in this community. The research methods utilized in this study are fieldworks, questionnaire, semi-structured interviews, and observations. Data collection was carried out in Pontian and Pasir Gudang, Johor as well as in Pandamaran, Selangor. A total of 200 informants who were randomly selected from the Bugis community participated in this study. Data analysis was carried out based on the Fishman’s (1972) domain analysis. The results of the study reveal that most of the bilingual Bugis community prioritize Malay as the main language in their daily communication. This study provides information on the language choice of the bilingual Bugis community in Peninsular Malaysia, which has adapted to the local language. This study might be beneficial to nation building through the mastery and use of Malay language among minority communities in Malaysia.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław