Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
English in SingaporeModernity and Management$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir, and Lionel Wee

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028436

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028436.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hong Kong University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HKSO for personal use (for details see http://www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 December 2017

Whose English? Language Ownership in Singapore’s English Language Debates

Whose English? Language Ownership in Singapore’s English Language Debates

Chapter:
(p.132) (p.133) 6 Whose English? Language Ownership in Singapore’s English Language Debates
Source:
English in Singapore
Author(s):

Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng

Rani Rubdy

Sandra Lee McKay

Lubna Alsagoff

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028436.003.0006

This chapter examines language ownership in the English language debates in Singapore. It discusses the idealization of the so-called native speaker found within the native-speaker (NS)/non-native-speaker (NNS) dichotomy, as well as the unwillingness to recognize the different varieties of world Englishes as legitimate languages. It proposes a model of language ownership that moves away from the limitations of NS/NNS discourses, and focuses instead on speakers' orientations towards English norms to foreground speakers' degree of ownership of the English they speak.

Keywords:   language ownership, English language, Singapore, NS/NNS dichotomy, language variety

Hong Kong Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .