Contents: Malaysian English - Historical Background - Malaysian English Newspaper Corpus - Lexical Borrowing - Lexical Creation - Group Second Language Acquisition - Reclassification of Common Nouns - Multi-word Verbs - Lexical Variation - Theoretical Model of Contact-induced Change - Influences of Malay and Chinese.
Siew Imm Tan is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests include language contact, New Englishes, corpus-based lexicography, and 19th-century Singapore and Malayan English.
"Overall, the study is an important addition to Malaysian English studies, and exemplifies how contact-induced changes can be accounted for in postcolonial Englishes. The book will be of interest to scholars of varieties of English, particularly those focusing on Southeast Asia. More generally, the book is of relevance to contact linguistics as well as scholars working at the intersection of language and culture." (Steffen Schaub, The Linguist List, 18 November 2014)