English in Singapore

English in Singapore

This volume is important as the nation makes an interesting case study of various issues in sociolinguistics, not least because it is an ethnically and linguistically diverse society, but because the country has also a history of attempts ...

Author: Lisa Lim

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789888028429

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

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English in Singapore provides an up-to-date, detailed and comprehensive investigation into the various issues surrounding the sociolinguistics of English in Singapore. Rather than attempting to cover the usual topics in an overview of a variety of English in a particular country, the essays in this volume are important for identifying some of the most significant issues pertaining to the state and status of English in Singapore in modern times, and for doing so in a treatment that involves a critical evaluation of work in the field and new and thought-provoking angles for reviewing such issues in the context of Singapore in the twenty-first century. The contributions address the historical trajectory of English (past, present and possible future), its position in relation to language policy and multiculturalism, the relationship between the standard and colloquial varieties, and how English can and should be taught. This book is thus essential reading for scholars and students concerned with how the dynamics of the English language are played out and managed in a modern society such as Singapore. It will also interest readers who have a more general interest in Asian studies, the sociology of language, and World Englishes.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

English in Southeast Asia

English in Southeast Asia

In English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, L. Lim, A. Pakir & L. Wee (eds), 19–54. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Lim, L., Pakir, A. & Wee, ...

Author: Ee Ling Low

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027249029

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 394

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This volume provides a first systematic, comprehensive account of English in Southeast Asia (SEA) based on current research by leading scholars in the field. The volume first provides a systematic account of the linguistic features across all sub-varieties found within each country. It also has a section dedicated to the historical context and language planning policies to provide a background to understanding the development of the linguistic features covered in Part I and, finally, the vibrancy of the sociolinguistic and pragmatic realities that govern actual language in use in a wide variety of domains such as the law, education, popular culture, electronic media and actual pragmatic encounters are also given due coverage. This volume also includes an extensive bibliography of works on English in SEA, thus providing a useful and valuable resource for language researchers, linguists, classroom educators, policy makers and anyone interested in the topic of English in SEA or World Englishes as a whole.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Managing Diversity in Singapore

Managing Diversity in Singapore

In English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, Lim, L A Pakir and L Wee (Eds.), 57–90. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Heller, M (1999a).

Author: Mathew Mathews

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9781783269556

Category: Social Science

Page: 388

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Singapore society is increasingly becoming diverse. During the first few decades of nation building, policies were designed to homogenise aspects of Singaporean society while enshrining principles to allow restricted amounts of diversity. Fast forward to the present, and fifty years after independence, the number of areas where diversity is profoundly apparent remains copious, and its manifestations more varied. This book provides an updated account on the tensions posed by diversity in Singapore and how this is being managed, primarily by the state through policies and programmes but also by communities who attempt to negotiate these tensions. Such an enquiry is crucial especially at this juncture when the nation is finding ways to embrace the different forms of diversity brought about through external impetuses, as well as manage internal reactions from the various communities. The book chapters highlight important considerations if Singapore's diversity management strategies will hold promise for the future. Contents: Introduction:Diversity in Singapore: Historical Foundations and Current Realities (Mathew Mathews)Manifestations and Management of Multicultural Singapore — Race, Language and Religion:Navigating Disconnects and Divides in Singapore's Cultural Diversity (Lai Ah Eng and Mathew Mathews)Singlish as Style: Implications for Language Policy (Lionel Wee Hock Ann)Keeping Harmony in Singapore: An Examination of the Inter-racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs) in Singapore (Mathew Mathews and Danielle Hong)The Management of New Religious Movements in Singapore (Shane Pereira)New Tensions when Global Meets Local: Social Class, Liveable Space, Bicultural Ideologies, and New Media Forms:Two Stories on Class in Singapore: Diversity or Division? (Tan Ern Ser and Tan Min Wei)Which Class and What Squeezes? Relationships with Well-being, National Pride and Inequality (Ho Kong Weng)Creating a Liveable City for Whom? A Critical Examination of Singapore's Recent Urban Transformation (Pow Choon-Piew)Are We There Yet? A Review of the Bicultural Studies Programme (Chiang Wai Fong and Low Yen Yen)Regulating the Big and Micro Screens: Managing Censorship in Films and YouTube in Singapore (Liew Kai Khiun)Diversity in the Cross Sections of Society: Workplace, Family, and the Armed Forces:Transmigrants and the Flow of Human Capital: Wither Integration? (Faizal Bin Yahya)Singapore Families: Stability and Diversity in Challenging Times (Stella R Quah)National Service: The Holy Grail in the Management of Social Diversity (Leong Chan-Hoong, Yang Wai Wai and Jerrold Hong)Conclusion (Chiang Wai Fong)About the ContributorsIndex Readership: Academics, researchers and students studying Singapore society, public policy and sociology; general readers and professionals interested in diversity management.
Categories: Social Science

English Language as Hydra

English Language as Hydra

Gupta, A.F. (2010) Singapore standard English revisited. In L. Lim, A. Pakir and L. Wee (eds) English in Singapore: Modernity and Management (pp. 57–89).

Author: Vaughan Rapatahana

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847697509

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 275

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English Language as Hydra argues that, far too often, the English language industry has become a swirling, beguiling monster, unashamedly intent on challenging local lingua-diversity and threatening individual identities. This book brings together the voices of linguists, literary figures and teaching professionals in a wide-ranging exposé of this enormous Hydra in action on four continents.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Politics of English

The Politics of English

“Hybridity in Ways of Speaking: The Glocalization of English in Singapore”. In English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, edited by Lisa Lim, ...

Author: Lionel Wee

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027272133

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 322

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This volume brings together contributions that explore the increasingly important roles that English plays in Asia, including its contribution to economic growth, national imaginaries and creative writing. These are issues that are political in a broad sense, but the diversity of Asian contexts also means that the social, political and cultural ramifications of the spread of English into Asia will have to be understood in relation to the challenges facing specific societies. The chapters in the book collectively illustrate this diversity by focusing on countries from South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. Each country has two contributions devoted to it: one paper provides an overview of the country’s language policy and its positioning of English, and another provides a critical discussion of creative expressions involving the use of English. Taken together, the papers in the volume detail the most recent developments concerning the politics of English in Asia.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Standards of English

Standards of English

'Standard Singapore English revisited', in Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir and Lionel Wee (eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and Management, Asian Englishes Today ...

Author: Raymond Hickey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139851213

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page:

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The notion of a 'standard' variety of English has been the subject of a considerable body of research. Studies have tended to focus on the standard features of British and American English. However, more recently interest has turned to the other varieties of English that have developed around the world and the ways in which these have also been standardised. This volume provides the first book-length exploration of 'standard Englishes', with chapters on areas as diverse as Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. This is a timely and important topic, edited by a well-known scholar in the field, with contributions by the leading experts on each major variety of English discussed. The book presents in full the criteria for defining a standard variety, and each chapter compares standards in both spoken and written English and explores the notion of register within standard varieties.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Corpora Constructions New Englishes

Corpora  Constructions  New Englishes

Migrants and ' Mother Tongues ' : Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore . In English in Singapore . Modernity and Management , L.

Author: Samantha Laporte

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027260086

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 395

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This book takes an integrated approach to the fields of Corpus Linguistics, Construction Grammar, and World Englishes through a thorough constructional and corpus-based examination of the patterning of the versatile high-frequency verb make in British English and New Englishes. It contributes to Construction Grammar theory by adopting a verb-based, rather than construction-based, perspective on argument structure. This allows the probing of the interface between verb-independent generalizations and item-specificity from an underexplored angle that offers new insights into the shape of the constructicon. From a variationist perspective, it seeks to (i) identify features of New Englishes and gauge whether these features exhibit traces of conventionalization, and (ii) assess whether the degree of institutionalization of the New Englishes correlates with linguistic behavior, both from a social and cognitive perspective, thereby contributing to the budding effort to integrate the cognitive and social dimensions into the modeling of linguistic variation in World Englishes.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Attitudes to World Englishes

Attitudes to World Englishes

Linguistic constructions of modernity: English mixing in Korean television commercials. ... English in Singapore: Modernity and management.

Author: Hyejeong Ahn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315394282

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 188

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This book critically examines South Korean English teachers’ awareness of and attitude towards eight varieties of English and how they respond to the proposal of a World Englishes approach in their teaching practice. It showcases the deeply rooted favouritism towards American English and illustrates how relevant challenges arising from this attitude can be addressed to meet the changing needs of future participants in international contexts. This book argues that disclosing and questioning the hidden discursive practices embedded in the English education policy in South Korea may be the first step in raising awareness of and in changing negative attitudes towards embracing diversified Englishes. The findings are systemically discussed in relation to the implications that researching awareness and attitude has for pedagogical considerations and for teacher training. This book aims to contribute to the field of WE, where studies relating to the South Korean context are largely limited.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Culture of Singapore English

The Culture of Singapore English

English in Singapore: Modernity and Management. Singapore: NUS Press. Lim, Michelle Min Min, 1997. The Cheem essay. The Straits Times, 7 December.

Author: Jock O. Wong

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107033245

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 343

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A semantic, pragmatic and cultural interpretation of Singapore English, offering a fascinating glimpse of Singaporean life.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Children s English in Singapore

Children   s English in Singapore

Singapore Standard English revisited. In L. Lim, A. Pakir, & L. Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and Management (pp. 57–89).

Author: Sarah Buschfeld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351780780

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 300

View: 455

Combining the World Englishes framework with First Language Acquisition methodology, this book investigates children’s acquisition of L1 English in the context of multilingual Singapore, one of the traditional Kachruvian Outer Circle or ESL countries. The book investigates language choice, use, and dominance in Singaporean families, identifies common linguistic characteristics of L1 Singapore English, as well as the acquisitional route that Singaporean children take. It discusses characteristics at the different levels of language organization, i.e., phonological, morphosyntactic, lexical, and pragmatic features, drawing on a variety of systematically elicited data and Praat-based acoustic analyses. Comparing the results to similar data obtained from children living in England (both mono- and bi-/multilingual), the book also sheds light on how the acquisitional steps taken by Singaporean children differ from or are similar to traditional native speakers of English and children from immigrant families in England.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Research Companion to Language and Country Branding

Research Companion to Language and Country Branding

English in Singapore and Malaysia: Status, features, functions. ... Pakir, A. and Wee, L. (Eds.) English in Singapore: Modernity and management (pp.

Author: Irene Theodoropoulou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000214321

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 412

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Research Companion to Language and Country Branding brings together entirely new interdisciplinary research conducted by scholars working on various sociolinguistic, semiotic, anthropological and discursive analytical aspects of country branding all over the world. Branding is a process of identity construction, whereby countries gain visibility and put themselves on the world map as distinctive entities by drawing on their history, culture, economy, society, geography, and their people. Through branding, countries aim not only at establishing their uniqueness but also, and perhaps most importantly, at attracting tourism, investments, high quality human capital, as well as at forging financial, military, political and social alliances. Against this backdrop, this volume explores how countries and regions imagine and portray others and themselves in terms of gender, ethnicity, and diversity today as well as the past. In this respect, the book examines how branding differs from other, related policies and practices, such as nation building, banal nationalism, and populism. This volume is an essential reference for students, researchers, and practitioners with an interest in country, nation, and place branding processes.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Simplicity and Typological Effects in the Emergence of New Englishes

Simplicity and Typological Effects in the Emergence of New Englishes

Singapore English: Structure, Variation, and Usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ... In: English in Singapore. Modernity and Management.

Author: Thomas Brunner

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110519549

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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The book is based on a detailed corpus-based investigation of the structure of noun phrases (NPs) in Singaporean English and Kenyan English with the aim of detecting, on the one hand, typological effects from substrate languages and, on the other hand, simplification patterns known to play a role in such varieties.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Multilingual Global Cities

Multilingual Global Cities

Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai Peter Siemund, Jakob R.E. Leimgruber ... A. Pakir, & L. Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and management (pp.

Author: Peter Siemund

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429873911

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 326

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This volume sets out to investigate the linguistic ecologies of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, with chapters that combine empirical and theoretical approaches to the sociolinguistics of multilingualism. One important feature of this publication is that the five parts of the collection deal with such key issues as the historical dimension, language policies and language planning, contemporary societal multilingualism, multilingual language acquisition, and the localized Englishes of global cities. The first four sections of the volume provide a multi-levelled and finely-detailed description of multilingual diversity of three global cities, while the final section discusses postcolonial Englishes in the context of multilingual language acquisition and language contact.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Future of English in Asia

The Future of English in Asia

Eds. (2010) English in Singapore: Modernity and Management. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Maurais, J. and M. A. Morris. (2003) 'Introduction'.

Author: Michael O'Sullivan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317618355

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 302

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This collection is unique in bringing together key thinkers on language and literature to discuss the future of English in Asia. Many of the contributors are themselves responsible for important sub-genres in English linguistics and literary studies and this collection gives them the opportunity to respond to each other directly. The different chapters also respond to different contemporary debates and emerging trends and discourses that are hugely important for the future of English language teaching in schools across Asia. This volume is also ground-breaking in bringing English literary studies and Applied English Linguistics together in the contemporary Asian context. The Future of English in Asia includes studies on the following subject areas: Cultural Translation in World Englishes, Multilingual Education, English Futures and the function of Literature, English Literary Studies in Japan, and English and Social Media in Asia. Well into this century, it appears that it is still very difficult to know what to expect when it comes to the future of English. The future of English will continue to be determined by complex local contexts. As it has in other parts of the world, the future of English in Asia will continue to rely on the proliferation of its transformations as much as its hegemonic status. This volume reflects the widespread acknowledgement that whatever future English has will inevitably be shaped by its fate in Asia. The collection will be a welcome resource for scholars and students of English linguistics, English literary studies, and topics related to the teaching of English in Asia.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Global Local Interface and Hybridity

The Global Local Interface and Hybridity

In the context of Singapore, Facebook users continue to perform various ... A. Pakir and L. Wee (eds) English in Singapore: Modernity and Management (pp.

Author: Rani Rubdy

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781783090853

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

View: 491

The chapters in this volume seek to bring hybrid language practices to the center of discussions about English as a global language. They demonstrate how local linguistic resources and practices are involved in the refashioning of identities in a variety of cross-cultural and geographical contexts, and illustrate hybridity as an enactment of resistance and creativity. Drawing on a variety of disciplines and ideological perspectives, the authors use contexts as diverse as social media, Bollywood films, workplaces and kindergartens to explore the ways in which English has become a part of localities and social relations in ways that are of significant sociolinguistic interest in understanding the dynamics of mobile cultures and transcultural flows.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Handbook of Asian Englishes

The Handbook of Asian Englishes

In L. Lim, A. Pakir, & L. Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and management (pp. 91–108). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Author: Kingsley Bolton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118791806

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 928

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The first volume of its kind, focusing on the sociolinguistic and socio-political issues surrounding Asian Englishes The Handbook of Asian Englishes provides wide-ranging coverage of the historical and cultural context, contemporary dynamics, and linguistic features of English in use throughout the Asian region. This first-of-its-kind volume offers a wide-ranging exploration of the English language throughout nations in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Contributions by a team of internationally-recognized linguists and scholars of Asian Englishes and Asian languages survey existing works and review new and emerging areas of research in the field. Edited by internationally renowned scholars in the field and structured in four parts, this Handbook explores the status and functions of English in the educational institutions, legal systems, media, popular cultures, and religions of diverse Asian societies. In addition to examining nation-specific topics, this comprehensive volume presents articles exploring pan-Asian issues such as English in Asian schools and universities, English and language policies in the Asian region, and the statistics of English across Asia. Up-to-date research addresses the impact of English as an Asian lingua franca, globalization and Asian Englishes, the dynamics of multilingualism, and more. Examines linguistic history, contemporary linguistic issues, and English in the Outer and Expanding Circles of Asia Focuses on the rapidly-growing complexities of English throughout Asia Includes reviews of the new frontiers of research in Asian Englishes, including the impact of globalization and popular culture Presents an innovative survey of Asian Englishes in one comprehensive volume Serving as an important contribution to fields such as contact linguistics, World Englishes, sociolinguistics, and Asian language studies, The Handbook of Asian Englishes is an invaluable reference resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and instructors across these areas.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Singlish Controversy

The Singlish Controversy

In L. Lim, A. Pakir and L. Wee, eds., English in Singapore: Modernity and Management. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 57–90. Gwee, L. S. (2016).

Author: Lionel Wee

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107181717

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 247

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An exploration of the controversies surrounding Singlish and how they illuminate wider issues of identity and language in the context of globalization.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Multilingual Singapore

Multilingual Singapore

Variability in tonal realisation in Singapore English intonation. Paper presented at the International ... English in Singapore: Modernity and management.

Author: Ritu Jain

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000386929

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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This volume brings together researchers whose analysis and insights provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of Singapore’s rich linguistic diversity. Applying a combination of descriptive, empirical, and theoretical approaches, the authors investigate not only official languages such as English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil, but also minority languages such as the Chinese vernaculars and South Asian and Austronesian languages. The chapters in this volume trace the historical development, contemporary status, and functions of these languages, as well as potential scenarios for the future. Exploring the tension between language policies and linguistic realities in Singapore, the contributions in this volume capture the shifting educational, political, and societal priorities of the community through its past and contemporary present.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Lee Kuan Yew s Educational Legacy

Lee Kuan Yew   s Educational Legacy

Singapore's English language policy and language teacher education: A foundation for its ... L. Wee (Eds.), English in Singapore: Modernity and management.

Author: Oon Seng Tan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789811035258

Category: Education

Page: 171

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The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015) laid the foundations for the creation of a first-world education system in Singapore. Like many other issues concerning the country, his ideas for education were transported in a red box, which he took with him wherever he went, even up to his last days. Inside it was always something designed to help create a better life for all Singaporeans. The editors of this volume were inspired by the idea of Mr Lee’s red box and by the Founding Father’s selfless drive to continuously improve the country he loved. As such, the book explores in detail Mr Lee’s plans, including chapters on Education: The Man and His Ideas; Foundational Pillars of Singapore’s Education; Education for Nationhood and Nation-Building; and 21st Century Readiness and Adaptability. The chapters also include the authors’ visions, no matter how great or small, for the future of education in Singapore. They explore how Mr Lee’s educational policies resulted in a system that attracts the right and best candidates to become teachers; that forms them into effective teachers, specialists and leaders; that ensures they and the education system are able to deliver the best possible learning for every child; and that establishes a legacy that has allowed the education system to continue to move forward while tackling the challenges of its success. From the little red box came the ideas that led to the country’s meteoric rise. Likewise, the editors hope this book will lead to a brighter future in education.
Categories: Education

Conflict Exclusion and Dissent in the Linguistic Landscape

Conflict  Exclusion and Dissent in the Linguistic Landscape

Singapore English: A Grammatical Description. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Lim, L. (2010). ... English in Singapore: Modernity and Management.

Author: Rani Rubdy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137426284

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

View: 105

This book explores the dynamics of the linguistic landscape as a site of conflict, exclusion, and dissent. It focuses on socio-historical, economic, political and ideological issues, such as reflected in mass protest demonstrations, to forge links between landscape, identity, social justice and power.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines