Ngee Thai Yap

Ngee Thai Yap
Universiti Putra Malaysia | UPM · Department of English

PhD in Linguistics (University of Delaware)

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Introduction
Ngee Thai Yap currently works at the Department of English, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Ngee Thai does research in Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Science and Experimental Psycholinguistics. Her most recent publication is 'Metaphor and the Representations of Health and Illness among the Semai Indigenous Community in Malaysia'.
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August 1993 - present
Universiti Putra Malaysia
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (40)
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This dataset has been published on Mendeley Data. Please cite this dataset this way: Yang, Yang; Yap, Ngee Thai; Ali, Afida Mohamad (2022), “400 Compositions by EFL Learners of a University in Southwestern China (CEFLLUSC)”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jxm2bwkc33.1 This is a self-built EFL learner corpus comprising 400 compositions written by...
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The characteristics of smartphone addiction (SPA) can be evaluated by neuroimaging studies. Information on the brain structural alterations, and effects on psychosocial wellbeing, however, have not been concurrently evaluated. The aim of this study was to identify abnormalities in gray matter volume using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and neuronal...
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The clinical case presentation is an important mode of professional communication as well as an academic genre in medical education. Examining both students' and experienced doctors' linguistic practices can reveal how students differ in their underlying knowledge, interpretation and execution of the case presentation that mark their novice status....
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Lexical richness is the range and degree of sophistication of a language learner or user’s productive vocabulary. It has been reported that lexical richness is an important and reliable indicator and predictor of writing quality and language proficiency. It differs across genres or types of writing tasks and many researches have been done on the re...
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The nonword repetition (NWR) task has been used to measure children’s expressive language skills, and it has been argued to have potential as an early language delay/ impairment detection tool as the NWR task can be conducted rather easily and quickly to obtain a quantitative as well as a qualitative measure of children’s attention to lexical and p...
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The primary purpose of this study is to find out the reading preference of students in an extensive reading (ER) programme conducted in a Malaysian Tamil primary school. The study also reports the children's responses to the different types of post-reading activities in the reading sessions. The participants were 66 multilingual Tamil school studen...
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The widespread use of the English language raises concerns about maintaining the mutual intelligibility across different nonnative English varieties. Some have viewed nonnative English varieties as distorted forms of English that cannot stand on their own that would cause the language to disintegrate into mutually unintelligible varieties. This stu...
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The negative effects of stereotyping arising from a victim’s acceptance and internalisation of stereotype identities are well-known. As stereotypes are created and maintained in discourse, understanding how targets of stereotyping employ discursive resources to resist the constraining structures of stereotypic identities imposed upon them can provi...
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The ever-increasing spread of English as a major international language has facilitated the emergence of distinct English varieties. These new varieties of English are now being adopted for international and intercultural communication. However, one of the consequences of having different varieties is the possible lack of mutual intelligibility amo...
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We present a new set of subjective Age of Acquisition (AoA) ratings for 299 words (158 nouns, 141 verbs) in seven languages from various language families and cultural settings: American English, Czech, Scottish Gaelic, Lebanese Arabic, Malaysian Malay, Persian, and Western Armenian. The ratings were collected from a total of 173 participants and w...
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We present a new set of subjective Age of Acquisition (AoA) ratings for 299 words (158 nouns, 141 verbs) in seven languages from various language families and cultural settings: American English, Czech, Scottish Gaelic, Lebanese Arabic, Malaysian Malay, Persian, and Western Armenian. The ratings were collected from a total of 173 participants and w...
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Bilingual learners' inadequate English vocabulary size is one of the most frequently stated problems in applied linguistics. Using mostly qualitative case studies, earlier findings reported several factors (e.g. negative attitude, lack of exposure, poor proficiency, and age of acquisition) as related to bilingual learners’ insufficient English voca...
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One basic factor that influences perception of lexical stress is the number of syllables found in the word and the syllable weight as lexical stress is often assigned to heavy syllables. However, what is considered as a heavy syllable is language specific and this causes problems when two different language systems interact as in the case of second...
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Diverse methods and approaches have been utilised in researching the cultural bases of health, illness and wellbeing. Understanding the cultural representation of health and illness of particular communities becomes urgent especially when the community concerned is underserved in healthcare. In this project, we sought to examine the representations...
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Muhammad, Umar Aliyu, Yap, Ngee Thai, Chan, Mei Yuit, & Wong, Bee Eng (2016). Identification of Nigerian English idioms: A methodological perspective. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 34(4), 279-288. Sociolinguists who study varieties of language often need to make decisions about whether a particular linguistic element o...
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Tay, L. C., Chan, M. Y., Yap, N. T., & Wong, B. E. (2016). Discourse particles in Malaysian English: What do they mean? Bijdragen tot de Taal-,Land-en Volkenkunde/Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, 172(4),479–509. Regional varieties of language, often a result of language contact, possess various characteristics, such...
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Vocabulary is a key element of language acquisition, and an adequate vocabulary size facilitates independent reading and effective language acquisition. A vocabulary size of 9,000 is required to understand academic texts at the tertiary level (Nation, 2006). This study aimed to measure receptive vocabulary size of Malaysian ESL learners at the tert...
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Ever since the Facebook established, friending has become an easy thing as people take a simple click to bridge a connection. To connect with their friends, Facebook respondents disclosed information about themselves by posting messages on Facebook wall posts. The contents of wall post messages are more to disclose Facebook respondents’ aspects of...
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Motivated by the assumptions that first language (L1) influence was found to be a very strong predictor of foreign accent degree in the pronunciation of second language learners and that increased experience in the second language (L2) may nurture improved recognition of the differences between the L1 and L2 segments, this study examines the effect...
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Acquisition of second language (L2) phonology is possibly the most challenging task for L2 learners. As a result, many tend to preserve a foreign accent in their speech even after they have attained a high level of proficiency in other aspects of L2 use. The difficulty in acquiring an L2 phonological system has been attributed to factors such as ag...
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The assumption that performance in second language (L2) speech perception and speech production is aligned has received much debate in L2 research. Theoretical models such as the Motor Theory (MT) and Speech Learning Model (SLM) have described the relation between these two processes based on the assumption that speech is perceived with reference t...
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The study examines L1 transfer and proficiency level effects on the production of English monophthongs by Iraqi EFL learners. It reports on the production test performed by four groups of Iraqi learners who speak Baghdadi Arabic as their native language and differ in their level of proficiency in English as measured by a placement test. Descriptive...
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This study examined the effects of morphemic analysis of Graeco-Latin roots and affixes as a vocabulary learning strategy among Malaysian ESL learners. Three intact classes of undergraduates majoring in health sciences were assigned to three different treatments which are instructions focussing on Graeco-Latin morphemic analysis, general morphemic...
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Sentence repetition (SR) tasks have been used to measure children’s expressive language skills in normal and abnormal language development, and to examine the development of the speaking skills in second language acquisition, as well as to survey the proficiency of bilingual language development. Recently, SR tasks have been recognized as a potenti...
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A recent development in Malaysia was the unprecedented rise in young Malaysians' participation in the country's social and political affairs, facilitated almost entirely by the Internet. This phenomenon caught many by surprise considering that university students in the country had been barred through legislation from active involvement in politica...
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English has been described as a language with a voicing contrast. However, Avery and Idsardi(2001) in their proposal of a new phonological organization for laryngeal contrasts argued that English has a contrast for aspiration instead of voicing. Using results from a discrimination task involving minimal pairs that contrast in voicing/aspiration in...
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With the increasingly multicultural and multi-national demographics of students in the classroom, teachers find themselves having to face the challenges of teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds. While much research has been done on individual differences in learning attitudes, learning strategies and learning styles, there is a severe...
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Earlier studies have worked on the hybrid account of idiom representation in the mental lexicon and the need for the superlemma level in the staged process of idiom production. However, not much attempt has been undertaken to explore how idioms are representedin and accessed from the mental lexicon of second language (L2) during speech production....
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Some idiomatic expressions are associated with concepts that are deeply interlaced in L1 and L2 cultures. This property motivates investigation of cross-linguistic similarities which could affect the storage, representation and production of L2 idioms. In a priming experiment, the response latencies of 27 competent Iranian learners of English were...
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This study aimed to identify if learners experience any skills attrition in speed and in-depth reading comprehension over a two-month non-use of English language. One hundred and twenty-seven tertiary participants received both a pre-test and a post-test, whose contents were adapted from China's College English Test, Band 4 and Band 6, made up of f...
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As teachers of English in Malaysia are increasingly warming up to the use of ICT applications such as the online discussion board or forum in their teaching, the importance of studying what they do when implementing ICT-enhanced teaching has become apparent. The use of the online forum in teaching involves a change in the role of the teacher from i...
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In recent years, writing instructors have started to adopt pedagogies that integrate classroom writing with happenings outside the classroom (see Weisser, 2001; Flower, 2008; Mathieu, 2005). The goal of writing instruction is no longer limited to competence in terms of language, style and techniques, but is expanded to encompass civic literacy. Thi...
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Many educational institutes venturing into courseware development to create online learning materials for their own students are often not aware of the challenges that lie ahead in managing courseware development projects. This paper highlights the potential challenges a courseware development project may face. It discusses lessons learnt from deve...
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The bane of teaching writing is that there is a scarcity of CALL (computer-assisted language learning) courseware that can effectively teach writing. Conventional CALL systems are unable to interact realistically and meaningfully with students and to provide the motivation for students to write. The success of e-Learning 2.0 that creatively applies...
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English language activities for developing speaking skills in Agricultural Sciences
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Writing activities for Agricultural Sciences in English

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