Chinese Loan-Words in Malay and Indonesian: a background study (with DVD)

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Russell Jones
2009. University of Malaya Press
Softcover, 23 cm x 15.5 cm, 298 pages
ISBN 9789831000749


This book focusses on the loan-words in Malay and Indonesian originating from the Chinese dialects. It brings together data to be found in word-lists compiled during the past century or more from a variety of sources, making it the only comprehensive study of this subject to appear so far. The background study outlines the history of Chinese immigration into the Nanyang, and traces dialects and subdialects back to their home districts in South China. It is an invaluable aid to a full understanding of the Chinese loan-words to be found in Loan-words in Indonesian and Malay. The accompanying DVD incorporates a facsimile of the rare Amoy and English dictionary of Carstairs Douglas published in 1899, furnished with Chinese characters written in by hand, together with the supplement to it published by Barclay in 1923. There is an informative Introduction by Dr Russell Jones.

About the author: Russell Jones first arrived in Malaya as a young soldier in 1945. Being inspired to learn more about the Malay world, on returning to England he studied Malay at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, continuing subsequently at the University of Leiden. His doctoral thesis was focussed on the Malay legend of the Sufi, Ibrahim ibn Adham. His interest in Chinese arose during the period 1948-58, when he was serving in the Federation of Malaya Immigration Department. He took the government examinations in Hokkien after following private tuition in Singapore and Penang. His publications include editions of the Hikayat Raja Pasai, articles on Malay manuscripts, and a book on Chinese names. For the present book, in the 1990s he was awarded funding for research trips to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Fujian Province in China.

Weight 600 g
Dimensions 23 × 15.5 × 2 cm

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