Mother Tongue

Topics: Mobile phone, Malay language, Abbreviation Pages: 4 (917 words) Published: July 23, 2010




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Nowadays, the majority of teenagers and adults in Malaysia carry at least one mobile phone. A slogan ‘don’t leave home without your mobile phone’ is not uncommon anymore. Communication among people, whether through phone calls and short messages (SMS) has been increasing tremendously. An interesting phenomenon that has been going for the last ten years is the abbreviation of words in SMS. Some people are worried about the corruption of our national language (Bahasa Melayu) through abbreviation, newly created words, code-switching, code-mixing, and emoticons or symbols in their SMS. Still some others find that SMS has opened up new opportunities for our national language to survive and some mother tongue languages to be revived as they are able to romanize their languages in their SMS.

1. Carry out a literature review on the use of SMS in Malaysia as well in foreign countries. Look for a minimum of 5 articles, offline and/or online. 3 of these articles must be based on studies carried out by researchers. These research articles are more credible than opinion articles or...
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