Singapore English

May 15th, 2015
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The presence and use of borrowed words and discourse particles in Colloquial Singapore English (CSE) have been widely studied by linguists (e.g. Lim, 2007; & Deterding, 2007). It is also widely accepted, both amongst scholarly literature and within the general population, that CSE (its lexicon/syntax/etc.)

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Singapore English1.0IntroductionThe presence and use of borrowed words and discourse particles in Colloquial Singapore English (CSE) have been widely studied by linguists (e.g. Lim, 2007; & Deterding, 2007). It is also widely accepted, both amongst scholarly literature and within the general population, that CSE (its lexicon/syntax/etc.) is predominantly Chinese- or Malay-based and that Tamil has only had minimal influences (Leimgruber, 2009). However, little thought has been given, by the general population at least, as to why exactly this is so (that CSE is predominantly Chinese- or Malay-based); most Singaporeans simply take this phenomenon for granted without knowing that there are sociolinguistic reasons which give rise to such situations. A detailed discussion of the possible causes of this would be most beneficial.This paper therefore seeks to discuss and propose possible explanations for this sociolinguistic phenomenon. Specifically, this paper asserts and hypothesises that the comparatively small Indian population and the lack of Tamil speakers (due to the ethnically-diverse Indian population) are the principal reasons for the lack of Tamil features in CSE.2.0Method for Data CollectionThe data for this study was retrieved from a YouTube video; Singlish: 24: Dyslexic Dr Jiajia Prepares for Exam, which depicts two Singaporean brothers conversing in CSE in a typical home-setting. This video was chosen as it presents us with an authentic represent

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