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Title: Singapore English
Written By: David Deterding
URL: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748625451
Series Title: Dialects of English
Description:

Over the past few decades, Singapore English has been emerging as an
independent variety of English with its own distinct style of
pronunciation, grammar and word usage. This book provides an overview of
this variety in straightforward, non-technical language, including coverage of:
- its pronunciation, including comparisons with the pronunciation of
English in other countries in South-East Asia
- its morphology and grammar
- the words that are used, including instances where the meaning is
distinct from other varieties of English
- the discourse patterns that are found, including use of particles such as lah
- its history and current developments.

All the findings presented in the book are illustrated with extensive
examples from one hour of recorded conversational data from the Lim Siew
Hwee Corpus of Informal Singapore Speech, as well as some extracts from the
NIE Corpus of Spoken Singapore Speech and recent blogs. In addition, usage
patterns found in the data are summarised, to provide a solid foundation
for the reported occurrence of various features of the language. A full
transcript of the data is included in the final chapter of the book.

This book is available in north America from Columbia University Press.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0748625445
ISBN-13: 9780748625444
Pages: 144
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ISBN: 0748625453
ISBN-13: 9780748625451
Pages: 144
Prices: U.K. £ 17.99