ERIC Number: ED347801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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The Status of English and the Question of "Standard" in Singapore: A Sociolinguistic Perspective.
This paper focuses on the two following questions: (1) What is the status and significance of English in a pluralistic and meritocratic society such as Singapore, in which four co-official languages are recognized (Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English) but only one opens the gates to career advancement and economic achievement; and (2) What are the problems in considering the question of standard English? It is concluded that although Singapore will not become a monolingual community with everyone speaking English, the special circumstances regarding the relationship of English and its speakers in the island city-state republic will ensure the emergence of "English-knowing bilingualism." The concomitant emergence of several varieities of Singapore English will be a natural development with the educated variety (Standard Singapore English)--being not much different from other identified standards in both spoken and written forms--prevailing as an International Standard English. (JL)
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Note: In: Tickoo, Makhan L., Ed. Languages & Standards: Issues, Attitudes, Case Studies; see FL 019 461.