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Si Kecèñk Bejalè: The Book

May 13, 2011

I’m proud to announce that the illustrated book of Si Kecèñk Bejalè has been published. It’s part of the publication under the Research Unit for Multilingualism & Cross-Cultural Communication, which is led by none other than my dear supervisor, Professor John Hajek. As a matter fact, John has been the series editor for the unit’s multilingual books project designed for children and school. Apparently, Si Kecèñk Bejalè is one of them.

This folk story, written originally in south Sulawesi with a title Si Kecil Berjalan-jalan, has been translated into Dawan/ Baikenu, Tetun and Portuguese. I have worked closely and light-heartedly with John on adapting and translating the story into Kelantan Malay (which includes, among other things, turning a dog into a cat to make the story more culturally convincing!). The content of the book might sound a little silly and the drawings might look a little ridiculous (it is for kids anyway!), but it is very special for me since it’s my first joint publication with John. More importantly, it formally introduces the orthography of Kelantan Malay to the world.

No, this book is not meant for sale. It is published for free distribution for children’s enjoyment. But for my adult readers’ enjoyment, not to worry. This is also for you guys out there who, I’m pretty sure, are still a child at heart. Enjoy!

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  1. May 14, 2011 12:33 am

    dua gunung dan sebatang sungai/jalan….gambar yg sgt sinonim dgn zaman kanak-kanak……. and the drawing by Katrina Langford… hmmm….

    *cuma takde matahari je kat tengah2 tu, dan sawah di kiri kanan..hehe

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    • May 24, 2011 1:44 am

      Childhood pictures!

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  2. May 15, 2011 4:54 pm

    oh i ❤ this!!
    sy sgt bangga bila ado ank klate yg sudah merentasi pelbagai lautan di dunia
    tp masih bulih kecek klate..
    wondering jugok bakpo la hok mari dok kl x sapa sebulan kelik2 nyo buat bkecek luar x reti doh bhs ibunda..pdhl 18thn mbesar di klate…
    syabas bro!

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    • May 24, 2011 1:45 am

      Kirim salam kengkawan yang kecek luar tu. They have my respect.

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  3. May 15, 2011 5:13 pm

    btw, sy copy paste gmbr cite ayam tuh dlm blog sy..
    utk tatapan member2 🙂

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    • May 24, 2011 1:45 am

      My pleasure.

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  4. May 17, 2011 2:01 pm

    Ayohmi,
    Bakpo la si kecenk tu gi main ngan kucing? Keno baham (behe???) nanti. purrr….meow!

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    • May 24, 2011 1:48 am

      Si Kecil yang berani.

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  5. Anonymous permalink
    May 23, 2011 5:40 pm

    congrats.. nanti bawalah beberapa copy donate kat library2 kat M’sia.
    p/s: jln cerita fhm tp nak sebut dlm kelantan x pandai

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    • May 24, 2011 1:48 am

      Thanks. Will do.

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