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English in Singapore
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English in Singapore provides an up-to-date, detailed and comprehensive investigation into the various issues surrounding the sociolinguistics of English in Singapore. Rather than attempting to cover the usual topics in an overview of a variety of English in a particular country, the essays in this volume are important for identifying some of the most significant issues pertaining to the state and status of English in Singapore in modern times, and for doing so in a treatment that involves a critical evaluation of work in the field and new and thought-provoking angles for reviewing such issues in the context of Singapore in the twenty-first century. The contributions address the historical trajectory of English (past, present and possible future), its position in relation to language policy and multiculturalism, the relationship between the standard and colloquial varieties, and how English can and should be taught. This book is thus essential reading for scholars and students concerned with how the dynamics of the English language are played out and managed in a modern society such as Singapore. It will also interest readers who have a more general interest in Asian studies, the sociology of language, and World Englishes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Series editor’s preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Map of Singapore and the region
  2. pp. xiv-xiv
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  1. Part I: The Ecology of English in Singapore
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. English in Singapore: Policies and prospects
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. 2. Migrants and ‘mother tongues’: Extralinguistic forces in the ecology of English in Singapore
  2. pp. 19-54
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  1. Part II: Reconceptualizing ‘English’
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. 3. Singapore Standard English revisited
  2. pp. 57-90
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  1. 4. The Speak Good English Movement: A web-user’s perspective
  2. pp. 91-109
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  1. 5. Hybridity in ways of speaking: The glocalization of English in Singapore
  2. pp. 109-130
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  1. Part III: Ethnicity and Ownership
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. 6. Whose English? Language ownership in Singapore’s English language debates
  2. pp. 133-158
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  1. 7. Language and social capital in Singapore
  2. pp. 159-188
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  1. 8. Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity
  2. pp. 181-204
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  1. Part IV: English in Education
  2. pp. 205-206
  1. 9. Problematizing the implementation of innovation in English language education in Singapore
  2. pp. 207-234
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  1. 10. Sounding local and going global: Current research and implications for pronunciation teaching
  2. pp. 235-260
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  1. 11. English as a lingua franca: Negotiating Singapore’s English language education
  2. pp. 261-280
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  1. Part V: Research Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-282
  1. 12. Researching English in Singapore: Bibliographic sources
  2. pp. 283-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-307
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