LINGUIST List 13.1977

Thu Jul 25 2002

Media: Time Magazine: "Singlish"

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  1. Karen S. Chung, "Singlish" in Time magazine

Message 1: "Singlish" in Time magazine

Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 08:57:19 +0800
From: Karen S. Chung <>
Subject: "Singlish" in Time magazine

 This week's Asian edition of Time magazine (July 29, 2002/vol. 160 no.
3) has an interesting piece on Singlish, entitled:

 A War of Words Over 'Singlish'
 Singapore's government wants its citizens to speak good English, but
 they would much rather be 'talking cock'
 by Hwee Hwee Tan

 It's available online at:,13673,501020729-322685,00.h

 If you have trouble with the URL, go to Time's main site at, choose Time Asia, then do a search on 'Singlish'.

 The article mentions a movie called _Talking Cock: The Movie_, which
should be of interest to anyone studying South East Asian varieties of
English. Also notable are the Singlish humor Web site,, and the recently published _Coxford Singlish
Dictionary_, accessible from the 'Talking Cock' site at


 Karen Steffen Chung
 National Taiwan University

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