[lg policy] Singapore's changing language policy

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at cantab.net
Sun Aug 27 10:52:40 EDT 2017

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!


Dr. Dave Sayers, ORCID no. 0000-0003-1124-7132
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University | www.shu.ac.uk
Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | www.wiserd.ac.uk
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers

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