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Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity<sup>1</sup>

Christopher Stroud and Lionel Wee

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/9789888028436.003.0008

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity1

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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

Chapter.  9891 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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