Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Malay Linguistics

Introduction to Malay Linguistics (MLL101)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Malay

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course aims to imbue students with knowledge of general linguistics and its importance as a field of study. This ideal forms the core purpose of this course. Specifically, this course aims to impart knowledge of linguistics to students. Although this course is taught at the introductory level, this course also aims to enthuse and encourage students to take up Malay linguistics at higher levels and enable them to apply this knowledge in their respective work.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • The Meaning of Linguistics
  • The Definition of Linguistics
  • Important concepts in the Definition of Linguistics
  • Fields of Linguistics
  • History of Linguistics
  • Current Linguistics Teories
  • Structural Linguistics
  • Transformational Grammar
  • Systemic Functional Grammar
  • The Four Features of Language
  • The Origin of Language
  • Language Families
  • Language Typology

Learning Outcome

  • List basic linguistic concepts. (B1)
  • Define the subdisciplines in linguistics. (B1)
  • Discuss key areas in linguistic studies of Malay. (B2)
  • Describe how languages work in particular Malay in terms of its phonology, morphology and grammar. (B2)
  • Explain the main components of the Malay Language. (B2)
  • Illustrate how the different aspects of language components work. (B3)
  • Operate key areas of Malay Language research they are particularly interested in. (B3)
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