Singlish: An Illegitimate Conception in Singapore's Language Policies?

  title={Singlish: An Illegitimate Conception in Singapore's Language Policies?},
  author={Ying-Ying Tan},
  journal={European Journal of Language Policy},
  pages={104 - 85}
  • Ying-Ying Tan
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Language Policy
Abstract:Singapore, like many post-colonial states, longs for a common language to unite its linguistically heterogeneous population. Singlish, which comprises primarily elements of English, Malay, Hokkien, Mandarin-Chinese and Cantonese, is a language spoken by almost every Singaporean, and can be considered to be Singapore's common language. Unfortunately, this common language, Singlish, is also a language that the authorities are eager to get rid of. The Singaporean state holds the belief… Expand

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