FASS, UBD Launches Four Books

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) launched four books on 16 November 2016 in conjunction with its two-day Brunei-Malaysia Forum.

The book launch ceremony was held during the conference dinner at the Open Concourse of the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences and the Dean of FASS, UBD, Dr Hjh Asiyah Az-Zahra Hj Ahmad Kumpoh was present as the guest of honour.

The books were written and edited by the academic staff of the faculty and published this year.

"The Use and Status of Language in Brunei Darussalam: A Kingdom of Unexpected Linguistic Diversity" offers readers an overview of the linguistic situation in Brunei including a historical overview and a synopsis of the current education system. Investigating pronunciation, particularly the intelligibility of Bruneian English and the vowels of Brunei Mandarin, it also describes the acquisition of Malay grammar, Malay politeness strategies, the use of language online, language in the courts, a comparison of Malay and English newspapers, the language of shop signs, the status of Dusun and English literature in Brunei Darussalam. Co-edited by Noor Azam Hj Othman, James McLellan and David Deterding, the book is published by Springer Verlag in Singapore.

"Larger than life: Mural dreamscapes, a Teaching Artist’s Retrospective" by Kong Ho of the FASS Art and Creative Technology programme, is published in the USA by Outskirts Press, Parker, Colorado. Ho's study into community murals introduces readers to the founding history and early community mural projects in Hong Kong where he was born. Then the book dives into the impact of community murals on the community in educational, social, cultural, historical and historical contexts.

Demonstrating the outcomes of the close collaboration between two internationally-renowned research universities, "English in Malaysia: Current Use and Status" contains contributions by a range of scholars in Malaysia and Brunei. It offers an account of the English language as it is used in present-day West and East Malaysia and its status anchored in different linguistic, social and educational domains. After the an overview of the status of English in Malaysia, the eight main chapters offer case studies revolving around four main themes: linguistic features, particularly pronunciation and language contact; language attitudes; on-line discourse; and language policies. Co-edited by Toshiko Yamaguchi and David Deterding, the book is published by Brill, Leiden, Netherlands.

"Tujuh Serangkai: Dari perspektif Sejarah", written by Asbol Hj Mail, Nani Suryani Hj Abu Bakar and Izzah Afiqiah Hj Abdullah from the FASS Historical Studies programme is published by the Brunei History Centre. An enlightening look into the roles and contributions of the Constitution Planning Committee in forming Brunei Darussalam's Constitution of 1959. Deeper understanding of this historical process would hope to inspire greater patriotism, appreciation and love for the country among residents and citizens of Brunei Darussalam.

With programmes which include Art and Creative Technology, Bahasa Melayu & Lingustik, English Language and Linguistics, Environmental Studies and, Professional Communication and the Media and Sociology-Anthropology, research at FASS particularly focuses on Borneo languages including indigenous languages and evolution of Brunei English. The faculty is also concerned with the study of aspects of Borneo, and does research on linguistic, social, geographical and historical aspects of the island.

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