Singapore English

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.
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  • Hardback | 174 pages
  • 154.94 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115763
  • 9781588115768

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. Tables & Figures; 3. 1. English in Singapore and Singapore English: Background and methodology (by Lim, Lisa); 4. 2. Souding Singaporean (by Lim, Lisa); 5. 3. Nouns and noun phrases (by Wee, Lionel); 6. 4. The verbal cluster (by Fong, Vivienne); 7. 5. Reduplication and discourse particles (by Wee, Lionel); 8. 6.The evolution of Singapore English: Finding the matrix (by Ansaldo, Umberto); 9. References; 10. Name Index; 11. Subject Index
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