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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 policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity1

Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity1

(p.181) 8 Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity1
English in Singapore

Christopher Stroud

Lionel Wee

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines language planning and policy in Singaporean late modernity. It discusses Singaporean language policy's attempts to manage the tension between modernity and tradition and argues that a sociolinguistic ordering around notions of ethnicity and nation does not fit easily with the multilingual dynamics of late modern societies. It contends that Singapore's language policy needs to appreciate that patterns of multilingualism are increasingly constructed around the dynamics of language choice and change in terms of a logic of lifestyle consumption.

Keywords:   language planning, language policy, Singapore, late modernity, sociolinguistic ordering, ethnicity, modern societies, multilingualism, language choice

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