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Migrants and ‘mother tongues’: Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore<sup>1</sup>

Lisa Lim

in English in Singapore

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028436
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028436.003.0002

Series: Asian Englishes Today

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

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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

Chapter.  15105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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