Singapore English

A grammatical description

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Singapore English: A grammatical description 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.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G33]  2004.  xiv, 174 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi
Tables & Figures
xiii
1. English in Singapore and Singapore English: Background and methodology
Lisa Lim and J.A. Foley
1
2. Souding Singaporean
Lisa Lim
19
3. Nouns and noun phrases
Lionel Wee and Umberto Ansaldo
57
4. The verbal cluster
Vivienne Fong
75
5. Reduplication and discourse particles
Lionel Wee
105
6.The evolution of Singapore English: Finding the matrix
Umberto Ansaldo
129
References
153
Name Index
167
Subject Index
169
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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