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Books: Lang Description/Socioling, English: Lim (Ed)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Singapore English: Lim (Ed)

Message 1: Singapore English: Lim (Ed)

Date: 29-Dec-2004
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Singapore English: Lim (Ed)

Title: Singapore English
Subtitle: A grammatical description
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G33

Published: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL:

Editor: Lisa Lim, University of Amsterdam

Hardback: ISBN: 1588115763 Pages: xiv, 174 pp. Price: U.S. $ 108.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027248931 Pages: xiv, 174 pp. Price: Europe EURO 90.00


Singapore English: A grammatical description provides a vivid account of
current, contemporary Singapore English, complementing older seminal
accounts of this variety. Drawing primarily on the Grammar of Spoken
Singapore English Corpus, which comprises naturally-occurring
conversational speech, the contributions in this volume not only provide
comprehensive and systematic descriptions of the structural features
characterising colloquial Singapore English of the young, native speaker of
today, but also propose the likely substrate sources of these features
through insightful linguistic and historical examination. Clearly
illustrating the particular rules of grammar that characterise Singapore
English as a variety in its own right, this volume presents its evolution
as a perfectly natural linguistic phenomenon which is best understood
within the multiethnic and multilingual society that Singapore is and has
been for the past two centuries. Theoretical linguists, sociolinguists,
dialectologists, variationists, typologists and creolists, as well as those
involved in education and policy-making, should find this description
relevant and vital.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements xi
Tables & Figures xiii
1. English in Singapore and Singapore English: Background and methodology 1
2. Souding Singaporean 19
3. Nouns and noun phrases 57
4. The verbal cluster 75
5. Reduplication and discourse particles 105
The evolution of Singapore English: Finding the matrix 129
References 153
Name Index 167
Subject Index 169

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Language Description

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

Written In: English (ENG )

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