Singapore English

A grammatical description

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  • Editor: Lisa Lim1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2004
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027294807

<i>Singapore English: A grammatical description</i> provides a vivid account of current, contemporary Singapore English, complementing older seminal accounts of this variety. Drawing primarily on the Grammar of Spoken Singapore English Corpus, which comprises naturally-occurring conversational speech, the contributions in this volume not only provide comprehensive and systematic descriptions of the structural features characterising colloquial Singapore English of the young, native speaker of today, but also propose the likely substrate sources of these features through insightful linguistic and historical examination. Clearly illustrating the particular rules of grammar that characterise Singapore English as a variety in its own right, this volume presents its evolution as a perfectly natural linguistic phenomenon which is best understood within the multiethnic and multilingual society that Singapore is and has been for the past two centuries. Theoretical linguists, sociolinguists, dialectologists, variationists, typologists and creolists, as well as those involved in education and policy-making, should find this description relevant and vital.

Subjects: English linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Germanic linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Amsterdam

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