Language and social capital in Singapore

Viniti Vaish, Teck Kiang Tan, Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng, David Hogan and Trivina Kang

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:

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Language and social capital in Singapore

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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

Chapter.  8489 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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