Ethnic Language Use and Ethnic Identity for Sarawak Indigenous Groups in Malaysia

  title={Ethnic Language Use and Ethnic Identity for Sarawak Indigenous Groups in Malaysia},
  author={Su Hie Ting and Louis Rose},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={109 - 92}
This paper examines the link between strength of ethnic identity and extent of ethnic language use for some indigenous speech communities in Sarawak, Malaysia. The domains of language use examined are mass media, education, transactions, friendship, religion, and family. A total of 568 indigenous adolescents in six secondary schools in Sarawak from both urban and rural localities participated in a survey. The results show that ethnic language use is the most extensive among the Penan, followed… 

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