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Hansen Edwards, Jette G.; Zampini, Mary L.; Cunningham, Caitlin – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
This study examines language attitudes towards different varieties of English through listener judgments of speaker and speech traits; in addition, the study explores the relationship of these judgments to the intelligibility, as well as the perceived accentedness and comprehensibility, of varieties of Asian English and General American English.…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Asians, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Shang, Guowen; Zhao, Shouhui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
The selection of standards and norms constitutes the first and most important step for language standardisation. In this paper, we examine the standard establishment for Huayu (or Singapore Mandarin), a new Chinese variety that has emerged in Singapore as a result of centralised planning and inter-linguistic contact. Huayu is the officially…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Mandarin Chinese
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Pitts, Margaret Jane; Brooks, Catherine F. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
Set within the context of a global pursuit towards the internationalisation of higher education, this paper critically examines student discourse in a globally connected classroom between learners in the USA and Singapore. It makes salient some of the cultural assumptions and tensions that undergird students' discourse in collaborative…
Descriptors: International Education, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, Discourse Analysis
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Hansen Edwards, Jette G. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
The current study examines how and why speakers of English from multilingual contexts in Asia are identifying as native speakers of English. Eighteen participants from different contexts in Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, and The Philippines, who self-identified as native speakers of English participated in hour-long interviews…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bolton, Kingsley; Botha, Werner; Bacon-Shone, John – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
Within the Asian region, Singapore has long been seen as a leader within the field of higher education, with an unmatched record of success in implementing English-medium instruction (EMI) at all levels of education, including colleges and universities. This present study reports on a large-scale survey carried out at one of Singapore's major…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Language of Instruction, English
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Xie, Wenhan; Cavallaro, Francesco – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
Not only does Singapore have a unique ethnic and multilingual makeup, it also boasts unique language policies, especially with regard to the learning of the official languages. Previous studies of Singaporean youths have largely focused on the differences in attitudes and code-switching between linguistic varieties (e.g. Colloquial Singapore…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, English, Bilingualism
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
Informed by family language policy (FLP) as the theoretical framework, I illustrate in this paper how language ideologies can be incongruous and language policies can be conflicting through three multilingual families in Singapore representing three major ethnic groups--Chinese, Malay and Indian. By studying their family language audits, observing…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Multilingualism, Family Relationship, Ethnic Groups
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Goh, Robbie B. H. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
Singlish -- "the name given to the colloquial variety of English spoken in Singapore" [Wee, Lionel. 2014. "Linguistic Chutzpah and the Speak Good Singlish Movement." "World Englishes" 33 (1): 85-99], incorporating Chinese dialect (particularly Hokkien) and Malay lexical and grammatical elements -- has for some time…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Variation, Cultural Pluralism
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Cavallaro, Francesco; Seilhamer, Mark Fifer; Chee, Yi Tian Felicia; Ng, Bee Chin – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
Numerous studies have shown that some speech accommodation in interactions with the elderly can aid communication. "Over"accommodaters, however, employing features such as high pitch, exaggerated prosody, and child-like forms of address, often demean, infantilise, and patronise elderly interlocutors rather than facilitate comprehension.…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Asians, Confucianism, Interpersonal Communication
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Feng, Anwei – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
Greater China is used in this article to refer to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Macao. While a holistic approach is adopted to present and compare the rapid spread of English and development in English language education in these geographically close, and sociopolitically, culturally and economically interrelated but hugely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach, Language Variation, English (Second Language)
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Tan, Ying Ying – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
This study seeks to answer two research questions. First, can listeners distinguish the ethnicity of the speakers on the basis of voice quality alone? Second, do demographic differences among the listeners affect discriminability? A simple but carefully designed and controlled ethnic identification test was carried out on 325 Singaporean…
Descriptors: Identification, Ethnicity, Age Differences, Foreign Countries
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Kobayashi, Yoko – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
Drawing upon Kachru's concentric circles of English, the present study explores whether middle-class Japanese students who chose to study English solo at private language schools in Singapore diverge from many others who (wish to) study inner-circle English. The study is stimulated by the repeated interdisciplinary findings that, in spite of the…
Descriptors: Asians, Standard Spoken Usage, Intercultural Communication, Foreign Countries
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Tong, Ho Kin; Cheung, Lin Hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This paper attempts to define cultural globalisation and cultural glocalisation in terms of cultural identity (CI) and language. Homogenisation, heterogenisation and glocalisation are three possible ways to face the challenge of cultural globalisation but glocalisation may be the most realistic solution as it seems to be the way to a better…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Quality of Life, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese
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Wee, Lionel – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
The unavoidability of language makes it critical that language policies appeal to some notion of language neutrality as part of their rationale, in order to assuage concerns that the policies might otherwise be unduly discriminatory. However, the idea of language neutrality is deeply ideological in nature, since it is not only an attempt to treat…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Ethnic Groups, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Bokhorst-Heng, Wendy D.; Caleon, Imelda Santos – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2009
This paper is about the language attitudes that bilingual youth in Singapore have towards their Mother Tongue and English, and towards codeswitching between the two. The language attitudes of 443 primary school students were investigated using a variation of the matched-guise technique. Status and solidarity dimensions of attitudes, with ethnicity…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Language Attitudes, Multilingualism, Ideology
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