[lg policy] bibitem: Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 22 15:13:43 UTC 2011

English in Singapore: Modernity and Management
Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir, and Lionel Wee

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028436

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028436.001.0001
Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity1

    (p. 181 ) 8 Language policy and planning in Singaporean late modernity
    English in Singapore
    Christopher Stroud, Lionel Wee

This chapter examines language planning and policy in Singaporean late
modernity. It discusses Singaporean language policy's attempts to
manage the tension between modernity and tradition and argues that a
sociolinguistic ordering around notions of ethnicity and nation does
not fit easily with the multilingual dynamics of late modern
societies. It contends that Singapore's language policy needs to
appreciate that patterns of multilingualism are increasingly
constructed around the dynamics of language choice and change in terms
of a logic of lifestyle consumption.


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