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Singapore Standard English revisited

Anthea Fraser Gupta

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/9789888028436.003.0003

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Singapore Standard English revisited

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This chapter examines the possibility of a Singapore Standard English. It suggests that it is no longer appropriate to predetermine what is and is not standard by the methods adopted in the 1980s. It considers the definition of standard English for Singapore applicable in the twenty-first century and proposes a concept of International Englishes. The analysis of Singaporeans' usage of English indicates that Singaporeans experience the same uncertainty about standard English as users of English from other English-using nations.

Keywords: Standard English; Singapore English; International Englishes; English users; language use

Chapter.  14795 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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