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Message 1: "Singlish" in Time magazine

Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 08:57:19 +0800
From: Karen S. Chung <karchungccms.ntu.edu.tw>
Subject: "Singlish" in Time magazine


 This week's Asian edition of Time magazine (July 29, 2002/vol. 160 no.
3) has an interesting piece on Singlish, entitled:

 A War of Words Over 'Singlish'
 Singapore's government wants its citizens to speak good English, but
 they would much rather be 'talking cock'
 by Hwee Hwee Tan

 It's available online at:


http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/article/0,13673,501020729-322685,00.h
tml

 If you have trouble with the URL, go to Time's main site at
http://www.time.com/, choose Time Asia, then do a search on 'Singlish'.

 The article mentions a movie called _Talking Cock: The Movie_, which
should be of interest to anyone studying South East Asian varieties of
English. Also notable are the Singlish humor Web site,
http://talkingcock.com/, and the recently published _Coxford Singlish
Dictionary_, accessible from the 'Talking Cock' site at
http://talkingcock.com/html/lexec.php?op=LexView&lexicon=lexicon.

 

 Karen Steffen Chung
 National Taiwan University
 karchungccms.ntu.edu.tw

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