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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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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