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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 7, No. 3 (2011) open journal systems 


Developing an online Malay Language Word Corpus for primary schools

Lay Wah Lee, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Hui Min Low, Universiti Sains Malaysia


Abstract
This paper reports the development of an online Malay Language Word Corpus for Primary Schools. This online system contains the common words that occur in the Malay language textbooks used in Malaysian schools and the related linguistic information. The targeted users include regular teachers, special education teachers, pre-service teachers, parents, researchers and interventionists. Users could conduct word search according to six primary linguistic features, which include frequency of occurrence, word length, phoneme length, number of syllable, type of syllable and word category. The listing of words according to these linguistic features allow the users to choose linguistically appropriate and culturally relevant words for the purpose of education and research involving young Malay-speaking children in Malaysia. This word corpus is also potentially useful for the broader Asia Pacific context which includes Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.


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