The Encyclopedia of Malaysia: Languages and Literature


Volume editor Dato' Dr Asmah Haji Omar
144 pp, 290 mm x 220 mm

ISBN: 978-981-3018-52-5
RRP USD29.95 buy from amazon

Category: Reference, The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Series
Theme: Malaysia
Series: The Encyclopedia of Malaysia


 An important work in a polygot nation, Languages and Literature consists of two main parts.

The first deals with language, and contains sections devoted to language classification, planning and use as well as thorough coverage of the languages present in both East and West Malaysia. It will include spreads dealing with national language planning, social varieties of Malay, Dusunic languages of Sabah, Northern Sarawak languages, Aslian languages, Chinese in modern Malaysia, Tamil and English in Malaysia.

The second part deals with Malaysia’s literary heritage, both oral and written, culminating in a broad discussion of modern literature in Malaysia. It will include spreads covering the Hikayat, the Ramayana in Malaysia, post independence Malay novels, and short stories in English.

Visit the The Encyclopedia of Malaysia website.

Professor Dato’ Dr Asmah Haji Omar is currently a Professor in the Za’ba chair of Malay Civilisation and Director of the Institute of Malay Civilisation (University Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia).

She has held a number of posts at the University of Malaya including Professorial Chair of Malay Linguistics, Founder Director of the Language Centre, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Establishment), 1983-1986 and Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (1996-2000).  

  Professor Dato’ Dr Asmah Haji Omar has published a number of books and articles, is involved in linguistics research, translations from English into Malay and was Head of the Research Team for two joint productions of Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka and TV3.

The sixty-five different topics in the book are explained clearly and concisely by leading local and international academics and subject specialists. Besides the volume editor who has contributed many articles, authors include, Muhammad Haji Salleh, Khalid Hussain, Siti Hawa Salleh, Mohd Taib Osman and Geoffrey Benjamin.


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