Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Malay Linguistics

Applications Open: 01 October 2019

Applications Close: 30 November 2019

Next Available Intake: January 2020

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Language: Malay

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages


This course aims to imbue students with knowledge of general linguistics and its importance as a field of study. This ideal forms the core purpose of this course. Specifically, this course aims to impart knowledge of Malay linguistics to students. Although this course is taught at the introductory level, this course also aims to enthuse and encourage students to take up Malay linguistics at higher levels and enable them to apply this knowledge in their respective work.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in MyUniSIM. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction
  • History of the Malay Language
  • The Sound System
  • The Grammatical System
  • The Morphology of Malay

Learning Outcome

  • List basic linguistic concepts. (B1)
  • Define the subdisciplines in linguistics. (B1)
  • Discuss key areas in linguistic studies of Malay. (B2)
  • Describe how languages work in particular Malay in terms of its phonology, morphology and grammar. (B2)
  • Explain the main components of the Malay Language. (B2)
  • Illustrate how the different aspects of language components work. (B3)
  • Operate key areas of Malay Language research they are particularly interested in. (B3)
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