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English in SingaporeModernity and Management$
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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

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Migrants and ‘mother tongues’: Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore1

Migrants and ‘mother tongues’: Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore1

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(p.19) 2 Migrants and ‘mother tongues’: Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore1
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English in Singapore
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Lisa Lim

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028436.003.0002

This chapter examines the linguistic ecology in Singapore focusing on two external factors of migration and language policies over different eras. It demonstrates the significance of these factors for a better understanding of the development of a contact language such as Singlish or Singapore English. The analysis of the structural features of Singlish show the influence various language in the evolution of Singlish including Bazaar Malay, Hokkien, and Mandarin.

Keywords:   linguistic ecology, Singapore, migration, language policies, contact language, Singlish, Bazaar Malay, Hokkien, Mandarin

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