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Title: English in Singapore
Subtitle: Research on Grammar
Edited By: David Deterding
Ee Ling Low
Adam Brown

English in Singapore: Research on Grammar is a collection of new articles that addresses important aspects of grammar in Singapore English.

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 included.

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

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 English
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 literature
17. Adam Brown: Bibliography on Singapore English grammar


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Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (Asia)
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