Nur Syasya Qistina Mazeree, Nazirah Mahmud


Language attitudes could be a basis for indicating the acceptance and development of a language variety within a society. These language attitudes could be derived from the language users who provided insights that could be used as an indicator to show either the development or regression of the variety as well as the acceptance of it within the social context. This study aims to disclose their acceptance of this variety by discovering the attitudes of Malaysian Generation Z towards the use of Malaysian English (ME). This study used a mixed-method approach where a 16-item Likert scale online questionnaire was used to explore the attitudes of 87 participants that belong to generation Z. An online interview was also conducted to obtain further information from 10 out of 87 participants towards the use and acceptance of ME. Findings from this study reveal that most participants show positive attitudes toward ME and acknowledge the usefulness of variety in the classroom setting. However, the participants still lack perspective of this variety as they are only exposed to the mesolect level of ME. The result entails further research on this matter by focusing more on the three levels of ME. Keywords: Attitudes, Malaysian English, Malaysian Generation Z, Standard English, Usefulness

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