NotesFAQContact Us
Collection
Advanced
Search Tips
Showing all 8 results Save | Export
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Gupta, Anthea Fraser; Yeok, Siew Pui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1995
Discusses the major language shift in Singapore from the familial use of varieties of Chinese other than Mandarin towards the languages of education, English and Mandarin. An ethnographic study is presented of a Singaporean Chinese family that has moved from Cantonese to English, and the underlying pressures leading to this shift are examined. (19…
Descriptors: Cantonese, Code Switching (Language), Dialect Studies, English (Second Language)
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Newman, John – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1988
Reviews the "Speak Mandarin Campaign," that is intended to persuade the Singaporean ethnic Chinese to use Mandarin in place of Chinese dialects. The purported educational, cultural, and practical advantages are discussed, and the support of higher education and the media is evaluated. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Chinese, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Talib, Ismail S. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1994
Increased use of English in Singapore, a multiracial, multilingual country, especially its use for cultural purposes, has met with some controversy. This article traces the historical development of Singaporean literature in English and the sociocultural and political problems such literature faces in a country where the official languages and…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism