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Volume 10 : 5 May 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Interference of Mappila Dialect in the Standard Malayalam Language -
with special reference to the writing performance of Primary School Children

Saidalavi C.


This paper is based on a small-scale study on the impact of Mappila Malayalam dialect forms on the writing ability of the standard Malayalam language of Upper Primary School Students in the Malappuram district, where Mappila dialect is prominent. The study collects the nonstandard Mappila Malayalam occurrences that appeared in the students writing. It also classifies this occurrence into different linguistic categories (phonological, morphological, syntactical and lexical) in an effort to find out outstanding problems for each category. Findings indicate a significant positive correlation between degrees of Mappila Dialect interference in the writing of standard Malayalam. Such findings can be useful in gaining a better insight into the issues of language in education and for the preparation of appropriate teaching material that can facilitate the reduction of non standard occurrences in the writing of the student.


Variation in language is a part of a well-organized and structured language system, occurring in specific linguistic contexts. Since structured variation of this kind is unconscious, it is likely to be beyond our conscious control, and therefore it is naive in the extreme to suppose that children could be taught to readily substitute one form for another. All over the world it is found that the mass language and the official language are unrelated.

The 'standard' is the variety of language used in writing. It is the language of media, commerce and administration. The language used for educational purpose is not the one they use in their daily life and at home. Thus it offers a great opportunity for the investigator to find out the relationship between dialect and linguistic competencies in standard language. The problem for dialect speakers with oral and written language production was mainly due to the interference of the dialect with the standard. Although the dialect interference is tended to decrease during their course of education, it continues to be an important source of error up to university level of education.

The present study attempts to identify the interference of the Mappila dialect of Malayalam in the writing performance of standard Malayalam language among primary school students and to classify these dialect elements in to different linguistic categories- phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical. It is hoped that the finding may contribute to a better understanding to the phenomenon of dialect interference in the writing skill of students and for the preparation of the appropriate materials that may facilitate the reduction of dialectic elements in the writing of the standard Malayalam language.

The students using Mappila dialect of Malayalam often found difficulty in conceiving ideas through the highly Sanskritized standard Malayalam used in text books.

For example:

1. Drishti gocharamallatha (standard Malayalam usage in science text book)
2. Kannukondu kananpattatha (common usage)

Both the words are used to signify "the one that can not be seen through eye". The second one is easier for the student to conceive the idea. Owing to the extreme influence of their dialect student reflexively omit the feature of standard Malayalam and prefer their dialectic feature even in the written performance of the language.

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Saidalavi C
WMO Arts and Science College
Muttil (Post)
Kerala, India

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