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BAHASA MELAYU DI PERSIMPANGAN: ANTARA JATI DIRI DENGAN REMPUHAN GLOBALISASI (THE MALAY LANGUAGE AT CROSSROADS: BETWEEN IDENTITY AND THE ONSLAUGHT OF GLOBALISATION)

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Author(s): ABDULLAH HASSAN

Journal: KEMANUSIAAN : The Asian Journal of Humanities
ISSN 1394-9330

Volume: 16;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Malay language | identity | globalisation | change

ABSTRACT
This article discusses the relationship between the Malay language and the identity of the individual and the race, particularly in relation to the Malays in Malaysia. The identity of an individual and a race is defined from a philosophical perspective and cross-referenced with definitions by sociologists, historians and social scientists. Based on this, it is concluded that there are five elements that shape the identity of a race, that is, the same ancestry, language, culture, religion, and locale. Whilst there are elemental structures that undergird an identity, there are factors that can cause an identity to change. This is discussed in light of a few hypotheses that the present article argues can generate change in the identity of a race. The article concludes that the change in the identity of an individual or a race happens when there is change in the language that is used.
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