• Postgraduate-h
  • Master of Arts (Malay Language)

Master of Arts (Malay Language)

Introduction
Graduation Requirement
Course Offering
Synopses of Courses


Introduction

The coursework and research in the Master of Arts (Malay Language) programme aims at reinforcing, strengthening and updating the students’ knowledge in Malay grammar.  This course is  particularly relevant to  those who are directly involved in the field, for example, teachers, lecturers, and administrators who work in advertising agencies or those who are indirectly involved in building and developing the Malay Language. The course structure offers students an in-depth study through research by exploring the area and topic of their choices. The structure of the programme and the period of candidature allow students to follow the programme based on their capability. Students may choose to follow the programme full-time or part-time.

Graduation Requirement

Type of Courses

Required Credit Hours

 Core

24

 Dissertation

20

 Total

44





Course Offering

Course

% CW

% EW

Sem I

Sem II

HMT501/4

Advanced Malay Phonetics and Phonology

40

60

-

HMT503/4

Theories and Methods of Linguistic Research

40

60

-

HMT508/4

Advanced Malay Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics

40

60

-

HMT504/4

Advanced Malay Syntax and Morphology

40

60

-

HMT505/4

Semantik dan Wacana Bahasa Melayu Lanjutan

Advanced Malay Semantics and Discourse

40

60

-

HMT507/4

Isu Semasa Bahasa Melayu

Current Issues in Malay

40

60

-

HPL 507/20

Disertasi / Dissertation

100

-












Legend :

CW   -  Course Work
EW    -  Examination Assessment


SYNOPSES OF COURSES

HMT501/4   Advanced Malay Phonetics and Phonology

This course examines in greater depth and detail aspects of Malay language phonetics and phonology and its dialects. Within the phonetics segment or the study of the language sound system, two aspects will be focused on, i.e. pronunciation and systematic analysis of sounds within a language. In addition, the procedure to transcribe the sounds of language by means of phonetic symbols will be discussed. From the phonological aspects, that is, the study of language sound patterns, students will learn the characteristics of grammar within the language sound system. In this case, the phonological processes within the base word, derived word and sentence will be scrutinized using specific approach and theory, for example, the Rule Order Theory and the Autosegmental Theory.

HMT503/4    Theories and Methods of Linguistic Research

This course examines the theory and methodology in linguistic research. From the aspect of theory, a number of pure linguistic theories (for example phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, etc.) and applied (for example, sosiolinguistics, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics etc.) which could be used as the theoretical framework in analysing language data, specifically the Malay language data would be discussed. From the aspect of methodology, this course would focus on the qualitative and quantitative methods in linguistic research. The qualitative method in this case denotes scientific research method which employs specific systematic procedures to seek solutions to questions, collecting evidences and produce results which could be utilized beyond the

boundaries of the research. The quantitative method in this case denotes research method which analyses data statistically. In this method, analytical strategies, for example, constructing questionaires, scale, population, sampling, types of variables, mean, variance, standard deviation, a variety of tests and correlation relationships which are significant and data presentation will be discussed. This course would also focus on the technique of writing research proposal for the purpose of thesis or dissertation. In this topic, related issues would be discussed, i.e.: topic, research problems, objective, research questions, contribution, literature review, theoretical framework, data collection, quotation, abstract, bibliography etc.

HMT508/4   Advanced Malay Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics

This course aims to examine in greater detail the sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics aspects, specifically for the Malay language and its dialects. From the sociolinguistic aspect, the reciprocal relationship which exists between language and the language community would be emphasized. This reciprocal relationship exhibits that language and its community have a mutual influence. The effect of this relationship which exhibits the existence of specific language phenomenon would also be emphasized. For example, communities with diverse backgrounds exhibit repertoir and dissimilar patterns of language usage. At the end of this course, students would understand the various types of sociolinguistic relationships and the phenomena which emerge and theories constructed from the sociolinguistic relationships in question and be adept at utilizing the sociolinguistic theory to analyze data and the phenomena which emerge in a language community, specifically in Malaysia.

Psycholinguistics is concerned with how languages are understood, produced, acquired and the role they play in our thinking. In addition, the close relationship which exists between psycholinguistics and a set of other disciplines, such as structural linguistics, experimental and cognitive psychology, phonetics, anthropology, or the neurosciences would be emphasized. In the field of psycholinguistics, students would understand the mental processes involved in language production, language comprehension and language acquisition, as well as the relation between language, thought, and culture (cognitive anthropology).

HMT504/4    Advanced Malay Syntax and Morphology

This course is an advanced course of morphology (the study of word structure) and syntax (the study of sentence structure) of the Malay language, Malay dialects and indigenous languages. The morphology segment examines detailed aspects in specific Malay language morphology problems for example, word class, aspectuals, morphological process from the viewpoint of several linguists and others as well. A considerable part of this course would examine the Malay language syntax. The syntax segment would commence by recollecting several approaches in the analysis of the Malay syntax, for example the traditional analysis within the framework of Tatabahasa Dewan, Nahu Melayu Mutakhir and others. A considerable part of this course would be devoted to examining cognitive Malay grammar within the Minimalist Programme approach.

HMT505/4    Advanced Malay Semantics and Discourse

This course aims to examine in greater depth and detail the two sub-branch of linguistics which study meaning, i.e., semantics which explores meaning in human communication and discourse which examines text and context meaning in oral or written communication. The three aspects associated with semantics and discourse, that are, concept, theory and methodology would be discussed and utilized to analyse the Malay language data. Within this context, among the theory and methodology which would be emphasized are the traditional theory (for example, generative grammar), contemporary theory (for example, formal semantics and logic and approaches within the Minimalist Programme), semantics and linguistics/structural, pragmatics/philosophy approach (for example, speech act, inference, implicature, entailment, pre-supposition etc.) and discourse analysis (for example, ethnography of speaking).

HMT507/4   Current Issues in Malay Language

This course describes and discusses current issues pertaining to the contemporary Malay language. Issues in this case denote problems, important topics or matters which need to be made a focus on. All of these issues are examined from the aspect of time and ‘contemporary’ within this context denotes a time period of the previous five years. The Malay language which will be discussed comprises the Malay language in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, etc. Description and argument of these issues would be implemented employing pure linguistic theories (for example, phonetics, phonology, grammar, meaning etc.) or applied (sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, discourse, pragmatics etc.) which in turn are linked with the social, political, economy, education, culture, legal aspects etc.

HPL 507/20   Dissertation

This course aims to give the opportunity to students to prepare and produce a dissertation as an outcome of an academic research which has been carried out. The dissertation which is produced would reveal the level of efficiency of students in mastering the technique of academic research, application of theories and meeting deadlines.