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Hybridity in ways of speaking: The glocalization of English in Singapore

Lubna Alsagoff

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/9789888028436.003.0005

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Hybridity in ways of speaking: The glocalization of English in Singapore

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This chapter examines the reconceptualization of Singlish and the so-called glocalization of English in Singapore. It proposes a model of variation of English in indigenized contexts, originally conceived as the Cultural Orientation Model (COM), which explains variation in relation to the global-local contrast of the cultural orientations of speakers. It suggests that glocalization offers a dynamic orientation for understanding the ways in which people appropriate English for their own purposes, but who are at the same time constrained by institutional discourses and policies favouring standardization and conformity.

Keywords: Singlish; English language; Singapore; glocalization; COM; indigenized texts

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Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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