A look into the word order of Malay and Mandarin compound words/phrases / Hoe Foo Terng … [et al.]

Terng, Hoe Foo and Heng, Lim Teck and Yih, Mah Boon and Marimuthu, Rasaya (2021) A look into the word order of Malay and Mandarin compound words/phrases / Hoe Foo Terng … [et al.]. ESTEEM Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 5 (1). pp. 67-75. ISSN 2600-7274

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Abstract

There are many Malay students in Malaysia studying Chinese. In the process of learning, these Malay students are influenced by the negative transfer of their mother tongue when they write sentences, translate, and reorganize the words into Chinese sentences. As such, they will produce erroneous sentences. The authors opine that when Malay students learn the similarities and differences in the word order in Malay and Chinese phrases, the mistakes in making sentences, translating, and reorganizing
words in Chinese sentences can be reduced. In this short article, firstly, an overview of the formation of compound words/phrases in the Malay and Chinese languages is presented. This is then followed by a brief description on the development in the teaching of translating Malay sentences into Chinese. The article ends with a summary on the comparison of the word order of nine categories of compound words/phrases in both languages. These nine categories of compound words/phrases are the common
vocabulary found in the textbooks used in UiTM Mandarin
courses. It is noted that when Malay compound words/phrases are translated into Chinese, compound words/phrases of these three combinations - noun-noun (of partial formal phrase structure), adjective-noun, and adverb-verb (“kata kerja - kata penerang” in Malay) - need to have their order of words changed. The compound words/phrases in six other groups, however, did not require any changes in the word order.

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Item Type: Article
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Terng, Hoe Foo
hoefo964@uitm.edu.my
Heng, Lim Teck
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Yih, Mah Boon
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Marimuthu, Rasaya
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > Reading (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > Reading (General) > Special teaching methods
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > Reading (General) > Special teaching methods > Malaysia
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > Reading (General) > Special teaching methods > Code emphasis and linguistic approaches
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pulau Pinang > Permatang Pauh Campus
Journal or Publication Title: ESTEEM Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > ESTEEM Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (EJSSH)
ISSN: 2600-7274
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 67-75
Official URL: https://ejssh.uitm.edu.my/
Item ID: 46471
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malay and Chinese, Compound words/phrases Word relationships, Word order Malay-Chinese translation
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/46471

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