A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore

From Colonialism to Nationalism

  • Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
    Pages 19-36
  3. Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
    Pages 37-53
  4. Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
    Pages 54-69
  5. Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
    Pages 70-86
  6. Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
    Pages 170-186
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-245

About this book


What role does race, geography, religion, orthography and nationalism play in the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This book offers a thorough investigation of old and new identities in Asia's most global city, examined through the lens of language.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
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  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

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