Book review Mohamad Subakir Mohd Yasin: Language Allegiance and Language Shift. UKM: Faculty of Language Studies, 1998. This work is a doctoral dissertation that has been adapted into a book. Mohamad Subakir's study is on the Javanese (originally from Java, Indonesia) descendants living in the area called Sungai Lang in Selangor, Malaysia. Some work has been done on the minority languages in Malaysia (David 1996; David and Naji 2000; David and Noor 1999; David and Nambiar 2002; David et al., this issue). Subakir researches as an insider, being a native of the village and a Javanese. His account is clear and concise and this makes the book readable. The book is only 92 pages (excluding bibliography) and contains four chapters. This study looks at language use and attitudes using data from questionnaires, interviews, and participant observation. The analysis is quantitative and tables are used for easy reference. One of the main objectives of the investigation is to trace the sociohistorical factors of the Javanese community in Malaysia. This is described in chapter one. The writer starts with a brief history of the people of Java, their migration to the Malay Peninsula, and their settlement in Sungai Lang. This
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