The evolution of Brunei English

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Brunei English is changing in ways that seem to reflect global trends in World Englishes, including the occurrence of spelling pronunciation, avoidance of vowel reduction, and use of plurals such as equipments. However, some developments in Brunei English may not be so widely shared, including the increasing occurrence of rhoticity and the meaning of words such as send. Finally, some features are idiosyncratic, such as the adoption of Malay terms. We can therefore see that Brunei English is participating in the worldwide evolution of English while simultaneously establishing its own identity as a distinct variety. This article describes the ways that Brunei English is changing and discusses how it fits into the model of change proposed by Schneider (2007).


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