International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

“Code-Switch” Malay – Thailand in Southern Thailand

The Malay language in ASEAN is identified as ‘lingua franca’ since 15th century. But in the present time it is not so in southern Thailand. The people still maintain the use of their mother language. A question arises: does the new generation of Thai Muslims in Southern Thailand still use Malay? According to Noriah Mohammad (1988:14), she believes that the new generation in southern Thailand does not use the Malay language in communication. This is because the Malay society in the south, the Muslims must learn, understand, and communicate Thai language in the office and at school.

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