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Query Details

Query Subject:   language and identity in Singapore
Author:   mari rhydwen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics

Query:   On behalf of one of my students I'd be grateful for any information
about work relating to language and identity in Singapore.

Mari Rhydwen, Humanities, Murdoch University, Perth, WA 6150,

Telephone: 09 360 2217 Fax: 09 360 6367

Wed, 19 Mar 1997 01:23:56 -0500 (EST)
non-denom. church ''register''

I posted a request for information on church ''register'' on 3/13 and it
was brought to my attention by Mr. Joseph Frost that it might help to
clarify what denomination of church I'm using as a reference. I am
looking for non-denominational church ''register'' information,
specifically ''modern'' christian-based churches, but not orthodox or
catholic churches.

April Gentry
e-mail: AAGentry@aol.com

Original query:
I am studying what I call *Christian Language*. It's really a
register that people speak in a church, or on a Sunday morning sermon
on the t.v. It's bleeding with metaphors and interpretations of the
Bible. I haven't been able to find any references to this register.
Any and all input will be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me.

Mon, 24 Mar 97 20:40:44 EDT
Q's: Burma(Myanmar) language policy/planning

I am currently doing a research project on language policy/planning in
a graduate course I am taking presently. The information I am seeking
is on any sources about language policy/planning in Burma(Mynamr) that
has taken place in the 1990's.

Thank you,
Virginia Jeffries
LL Issue: 8.441
Date posted: 30-Mar-1997


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