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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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Language and social capital in Singapore

Language and social capital in Singapore

(p.158) (p.159) 7 Language and social capital in Singapore
English in Singapore

Viniti Vaish

Teck Kiang Tan

Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng

David Hogan

Trivina Kang

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines language maintenance as an outcome of social capital within particular ethnic groups in Singapore. It analyzes the differences in language use on the basis of ethnicity and investigates how these differences materialized in various socio-spatial domains. It suggests that some ethnic groups are able to retain their mother tongue languages through social ties, which can be conceptualized as social capital created within the group by strengthening common cultural values and beliefs to achieve resource sharing.

Keywords:   language maintenance, social capital, Singapore, language use, ethnicity, socio-spatial domains, mother tongue, cultural values, beliefs

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