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Title: Characteristic lexical choices in Singaporean English
Author: Brian Poole
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: In a widely cited paper, Schneider (2003) offers a model of the developmental phases undergone by new Englishes. One important feature of this model is reference to exonormative and endonormative standards, and Schneider suggests (2003: 264) that Singapore currently finds itself at stage four on this developmental journey – a stage at which local norms may be beginning to gain acceptance and literary creativity in English by local writers is abundant. In this paper I would like to provide a few examples of distinctively Singaporean use of English and raise the question of when (if ever) Singapore will move to an endonormative, Singaporean English, as the standard variety taught in schools.

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This article appears in English Today Vol. 28, Issue 4, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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