English in Singapore

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-12-01
  • Publisher: Hong Kong Univ Pr

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This collection is the seventh volume in the Asian Englishes Today series. It is an excellent addition as the nation makes an interesting case study of various issues in sociolinguistics, not least because it is an ethnically and linguistically diverse society, but because the country has also a history of attempts at social engineering. The ongoing tensions between what the state envisions for the people and their actual language practices are some of the phenomena that provide the grounding for indepth analyses. The essays here revolve around four closely related themes: the ecology of English in Singapore, reconceptualizing "English," ethnicity and ownership, and English in education; all make for a focused and coherent volume on sociolinguistic issues relating in particular to language policy in Singapore.Lisa Lim is an assistant professor in the School of English, the University of Hong Kong. Anne Pakir is an associate professor in English language and literature, National University of Singapore. Lionel Wee is an associate professor and deputy head of English language and literature, National University of Singapore.

Table of Contents

Series editor's prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of contributorsp. xi
Map of Singapore and the regionp. xiv
The Ecology of English in Singaporep. 1
English in Singapore: Policies and prospectsp. 3
Migrants and 'mother tongues': Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singaporep. 19
Reconceptualizing 'English'p. 55
Singapore Standard English revisitedp. 57
The Speak Good English Movement: A web-user's perspectivep. 91
Hybridity in ways of speaking: The glocalization of English in Singaporep. 109
Ethnicity and Ownershipp. 131
Whose English? Language ownership in Singapore's English language debatesp. 133
Language and social capital in Singaporep. 159
Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernityp. 181
English in Educationp. 205
Problematizing the implementation of innovation in English language education in Singaporep. 207
Sounding local and going global: Current research and implications for pronunciation teachingp. 235
English as a lingua franca: Negotiating Singapore's English language educationp. 261
Research Bibliographyp. 281
Researching English in Singapore: Bibliographic sourcesp. 283
Indexp. 305
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