Language and Culture in the Civilising Process


  • Asmah Omar Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia


Language, Culture, Civilising Process, Social, Rules


The civilising process is simply one that makes life and behaviour more refined than its erstwhile state. This process pervades both the material and non-material culture. Throughout the history of mankind, it is this process that has transformed Man from cave dwellers to what they are today. Civilisation in itself may have a personal or a local interpretation. A person may consider someone else uncivilised, if this someone behaves in such a way that is unacceptable to her. Similarly, a particular community may have its own standards of refined behaviour which may not be similar to the ones accepted in another community.


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How to Cite

Omar, A. (2003). Language and Culture in the Civilising Process. Jurnal Peradaban Melayu, 1, 83–106. Retrieved from