Dr Salbrina binti Haji Sharbawi


Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


I first joined UBD in 2001 as a tutor. I was appointed as a lecturer in 2003, a senior lecturer in 2012, and currently, I hold the post of Senior Assistant Professor (since May 2018). I have a BA (Hons) from University College London, an MA from the University of York, and a PhD from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University. I have taught various modules ranging from linguistics to English for professional / academic purposes, some of which include World Englishes, Pragmatics, Phonology in Language Teaching, Intensive English Language Bridging Course for Diplomats, and English for Business, Economics, and Policy Studies.

Administratively, my (non-substantive) appointments included: UniBridge Programme Coordinator (May - December 2010); UniBridge Programme Leader (January - December 2011); Director of the Continuing Education Centre (January 2012 - June 2013); and the Project Executive of the Brunei - U.S. English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN (May 2012 - March 2017). I was the Programme Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' English Studies from July 2018- July 2019.

External appointments include: President of the Nanyang Technological University Alumni Association (Brunei Chapter) and council member of the NTU Alumni Association (2018-2020).

I'm a self-professed logophile whose current obsession includes Wordle.


BA (Hons) Linguistics (London); MA Applied Linguistics (York); PhD Applied Linguistics (NTU, Singapore)


World Englishes
Brunei English
Language Policy and Planning
Linguistic Landscape
Sociopolitical linguistics
Language, religious identity and religiosity


Language Census: Investigating Language Shift and Language Maintenance in Brunei

Applications Invited

'Its mean' and 'thats mean': What do they mean?

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Bahasa Melayu-in-education policy under SPN-21

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Scopus Publications


Google Scholar Citations


Google Scholar h-index


Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications


Salbrina, S. (2022). The Americanisation of English in Brunei, World Englishes, DOI:10.1111/weng.12577

Salbrina, S. (2021) English use in Brunei: Investigating the Gen Z, Asian Englishes, DOI: 10.1080/13488678.2021.1961376

Salbrina, S., and Mabud, S. A. (2021). Malay, Muslim and Monarchy: An Introduction to Brunei Darussalam and its National Identity. In P., Le Ha, et al. (Eds.). Globalization, Education, and Reform in Brunei Darussalam (pp.45-66). Palgrave Macmillan.

Salbrina, S. and Noor Hasharina, H. (2021). The Malays of Brunei: An investigation of their family language policies. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2021.1931245

Salbrina, S., and Zayani, Z.A. (2021). Language and the Malay Muslim Identity: The Investigation Continues. Thought Paper Series No.7. Journal of Islamic Governance, islamicgovernance.org/tp7

Salbrina, S., and Zayani, Z.A. (2021). Language and the Malay Muslim Identity: An insight into Brunei. Thought Paper Series No. 6. Journal of Islamic Governance, islamicgovernance.org/tp6

Salbrina, S. (2020). An English-centric monolingual Brunei? Predictions and reality. Asian Englishes, 3: 257-281. DOI: 10.1080/13488678.2019.1709335


Bigalke, T., & Salbrina, S. (2015). (Eds). English for ASEAN Integration: Policies and Practices in the Region. Brunei: Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Deterding, D., & Salbrina, S. (2013). Brunei English: A New Variety in a Multilingual Society. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer.

Salbrina S., and Deterding, D. (2010). Rhoticity in Brunei English. English World-Wide, 31 (2): 121-137.

Salbrina S. (2006). The vowels of Brunei English: An acoustic investigation. English World-Wide, 27, 247-264.

Salbrina S. (2012). Revisiting the vowels of Brunei English. World Englishes, 31(2): 177-197.


• Investigating English use in Brunei: Building and researching a corpus of English as a lingua franca (ACE)
UBD Research Grant: UBD/PNC2/2/RG/1(160)

Project Leader & Principal Investigator for the Brunei team.

• The Americanisation of the English in Brunei
UBD Research Grant: UBD/PNC2/2/RG/1(225)

Project Leader & Principal Investigator


1. Brunei – U.S. English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN
Role: Project Executive / Team leader
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD); East West Center, Hawai’i; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei; and State Department, U.S.A

A five-year, USD25 million project comprising various programmes and initiatives aimed at enhancing English language capacity in ASEAN as well as harnessing people-to-people linkages within the ASEAN population. May 2012 – March 2017.

2. Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) for CLMV Countries
Role: Leader and Lead Coordinator
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)

Writing Project Proposals and Reports for Officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, 30 May – 10 June 2011

3. Executive Development Programme for Middle Management Officers
Role: Module facilitator
Civil Service Department and Institute of Leadership, Innovation, and Advancement (ILIA) Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Report Writing and Presentation Skills for Effective Communication, March 2015 – March 2017.