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Tue May 27 2003

Books: Applied Ling/Syntax: Deterding, Low, Brown (ed)

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  1. dhdeter, English in Singapore: Deterding, Low, Brown (eds)

Message 1: English in Singapore: Deterding, Low, Brown (eds)

Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 12:08:40 +0000
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Subject: English in Singapore: Deterding, Low, Brown (eds)

Title: English in Singapore
Subtitle: Research on Grammar
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (Asia)

Availability: Available
Editor: David Deterding, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Editor: Ee Ling Low, National Institute of Education, Singapore 
Editor: Adam Brown, National Institute of Education, Singapore 
Paperback: ISBN: 007123103X, Price: US$ 12.95
English in Singapore: Research on Grammar is a collection of new
articles that addresses important aspects of grammar in Singapore

The first nine chapters are descriptive analyses of aspects of
Singapore English grammar such as missing grammatical subjects; (the
absence of) past tense marking, and other aspects of Singapore English
verbs; plural marking of nouns; relative clauses, passives and
adverbials, and peculiarly Singaporean constructions ('don't know' and
particles such as 'la').

Other chapters deal with problems in the teaching of grammar in
Singapore, in three main areas: prescriptive books of common errors,
connectors such as 'however' and 'consequently', and teacher's beliefs
about grammar and grammar teaching. The problems of the use of
Singapore English grammatical features in creative literature are also
discussed. A bibliography of 230 works on Singapore English grammar is

Features of the book:

The book is organized into two main parts: description of aspects of
Singapore English grammar, and topics in the teaching of grammar in

This book is data-driven. All chapters contain substantial amounts of
observed data, collected in experiments, questionnaires, computerized
corpora, and informal observation.

Table of Contents
1. Ludwig Tan: Topic-prominence and null arguments in Singapore
 Colloquial English
2. Leong Ping, Alvin: Subject omission in Singapore Colloquial English
3. Lionel Wee: The grammar of ignorance: The Don't Know construction
 in Singapore colloquial English
4. David Deterding: Tenses and will / would in a corpus of Singapore
5. Ho Mian Lian: Past tense marking in Singapore English
6. Debra Ziegeler: On the zero-plural in commercial Singapore English
7. Low Ee Ling & David Deterding: A corpus-based description of
 particles in spoken Singapore English
8. Mark Newbrook: Features of the relative clause in Singapore English
9. Josephine Yeo Nyuk Peng & David Deterding: Influences of Chinese
 and Malay on the written English of secondary students in Singapore
10. Adam Brown: Common errors in Singaporean books of common errors
11. Wee Bee Geok: Connectors in primary school writing
12. Angela Loo Siang Yen: Connectives and themes in the essays of
 Singaporean and PRC students
13. Christian Chia Shyh Chiuan: Singapore primary school teachers'
 beliefs in grammar teaching and learning
14. Josephine Ng & Thomas S C Farrell: Do teachers' beliefs of grammar
 teaching match their classroom practices? A Singapore case study
15. Lee Fong Ting & Thomas S C Farrell: Students' perceptions of
 grammar corrections in compositions: a Singapore study
16. Ismail S Talib: Problems in the analysis of language in Singapore
17. Adam Brown: Bibliography on Singapore English grammar


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Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)

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