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A Baba Malay Dictionary

The First Comprehensive Compedium of Straits Chinese Terms and Expressions

A Baba Malay Dictionary
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Author William GweeThian Hock
Price JPY 1,760
ISBN 978-0-8048-3778-1
Format 127×184mm 224pages paperback
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Description

The Peranakan or Baba Chinese of Southeast Asia have a fascinating history and culture, and language. This is a guide to uniquely colorful language, Baba Malay, is a mixture of commonly-used Malay terms and Hokkien Chinese words, with added loanwords from Portuguese, Dutch and English. It is distinct from the original Malay or Chinese (Hokkien) languages that influenced it. This dictionary documents the vast storehouse of unusual words, phases, idioms and expressions used by Baba Chinese communities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere. It aims to help younger Babas learn and maintain this unique language. An introduction to the language, a glossary and notes on cherki (a popular Baba game) are also included.

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