Implicit Meaning Behind the Usage of Euphemia and Disphemia in Malay Community Interactions

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In Malay community, the use of euphemia and disphemia in communication are one of the critieria in formal and informal interactions. Now, the use of euphemia and disphemia become part of a life style in Malay contemporary community in Malaysia. Due to social and cultural factors, euphemia and disphemia influenced the use and language act. This phenomenon investigates the reality that exists in human communication globally. Therefore, this paper discusses the elements of euphemia and disphemia in the Malay community interactions according to age, i.e., children, youth and adults and secondly to determine the implicit meaning from the use of euphemia and disphemia. It also investigates the factors influencing the usage in the process of communication and socialization. This paper exposes part of the usage and interaction of euphemia and disphemia that exist from a person’s character and education. The samples were picked randomly and the data of this study was recorded from the daily conversation, media conversation and also corpus data from Malay classical text. The data was analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively using the pragmatic and sociolinguistic approach.


Keywords: Euphemia, Disphemia, Malay Community, Interaction, Human Communication
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Ahmad Fuad Mat Hassan

Student, Department of Malay Language
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mr Ahmad Fuad Mat Hassan is a student at University Putra Malaysia. He is in his final year in Bachelor of Malay Linguistics.

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Holds a Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Areas of interest are Pragmatics in Children, Semantic and Translation. Currently supervsing Ph.D students mastering the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Ahmad Azmi Ahmad Nordin

Teacher/Student, Department of Malay Language
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mr Ahmad Azmi is a teacher at Jalan Bukit Kajang, Malaysia. He is now pursuing his Masters degree in Malay Language at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Nur Sabrina Ahmad Azmi

Student, Department of Biology
Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms Nur Sabrina Ahmad Azmi is a final year biology student at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Ref: I08P0068