Singapore English

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Abstract

Singapore English is a nativised variety of English, which comes in essentially two forms: Standard Singapore English and Colloquial Singapore English. This article describes the sound system and the grammar of this variety, including an overview of the local vocabulary. A concluding section explains the various models that have been proposed to explain that variation in Singapore English, including the post-creole continuum (Platt 1975) and diglossia (Gupta 1994, 2001), before settling on more recent research using a cultural orientation model (Alsagoff 2007) and indexicality (Eckert 2008).

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