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Lu, Luke – AILA Review, 2016
This paper draws on a Linguistic Ethnography (Blommaert & Rampton 2011) of a group of academically elite students in Singapore. The group comprises locals born in Singapore, as well as immigrants from China and Vietnam. My informants all attended a top-ranked secondary school in Singapore. I present data from interviews and a focus group…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary Schools, Reputation
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Lim, Lisa – AILA Review, 2009
This paper considers the real mother tongues of Singapore, namely the Chinese "dialects" and Singlish, the linguistic varieties which, respectively, arrived with the original immigrants to the rapidly developing British colony, and evolved in the dynamic multilingual ecology over the decades. Curiously these mother tongues have been…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Sanctions, Dialects, Official Languages