[Edling] Singapore's changing language policy (Dave Sayers)

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Mon Sep 25 12:55:12 EDT 2017

Returning to this thread about Singapore, I saw this article in the latest issue of Language in Society:

Starr, R.L. et al. (2017).  Third culture kids in the outer circle: The development of sociolinguistic knowledge among local and expatriate children in Singapore. Language in Society, 46(4), 507-546.




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With reference to Dave Sayers’ message on changes in Singapore’s language policy (copied below), a few articles that might be of interest:

Bokhorst-Heng, W. & Silver, R. E. (2017). Reconsidering language shift within Singapore’s Chinese community: A Bourdieusian analysis. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, published online 2017-08-10. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2017-0037

Bokhorst-Heng, W. & Silver, R. E. (2017). Contested spaces in policy enactment: a Bourdieusian analysis of language policy in Singapore. Language Policy, 16(3), 333-351, 1.286.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10993-016-9410-6

Silver, R. E. & Bokhorst-Heng, W. D. (2016). Overarching themes, bilingual dreams and multilingual landscapes: Quadrilingual education in Singapore. In Silver, R. E. & Bokhorst-Heng, W. D. (Eds.), Quadrilingual education in Singapore (pp. 03-19). Singapore: Springer

Silver, R. (2005). The discourse of linguistic capital: Language and economic policy planning in Singapore. Language Policy, 34, 47-66.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10993-004-6564-4

The two most recent specifically discuss to the types of changes mentioned in the New York Times article. The other two refer to them but in the context of the education system.



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Hi all,

In my teaching about World Englishes, one of the week focuses on Singapore, citing the likes of Lisa Lim (e.g. https://benjamins.com/catalog/aila.22.05lim) in portraying Singapore's language policy as rather blunt-edged and heavy-handed. But a New York Times article published yesterday, https://goo.gl/VKsR9D, suggests that this policy may be lightening somewhat. That could just be sensationalised media fluff though. Does anyone know of any research (published on in progress) tracking this nascent change? Or failing that, can anyone either corroborate or challenge this article's claims?

Thanks in advance!



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