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By Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew

ISBN-10: 113701234X

ISBN-13: 9781137012340

ISBN-10: 1349436577

ISBN-13: 9781349436576

What position does race, geography, faith, orthography and nationalism play within the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This e-book deals an intensive research of outdated and new identities in Asia's so much worldwide urban, tested in the course of the lens of language.

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Mummy says it is very good for her too. ” Each chapter, such as that of “Hok Cheng the Rickshaw Puller”, obviously plays its part in enforcing the ideological stereotype: I am a rickshaw puller. I cannot speak English. I cannot speak Malay. I only speak Chinese. I am a Hokkien. I live in Singapore. I have 32 A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore been in Singapore for a year. Before that, I lived in India. (Milne, 1933: 29) Sketches of the local people abound in prescribed English textbooks.

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Again, while writing on the considerable rioting especially by the Chinese-educated against the government in the 1950s as a run-up to the elections for self-government, he 18 A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore reminded his readers that “up to that time”, there had never been a Sino-Malay riot. ”16 Following Tregonning’s lead, this study is inspired to explore the extent to which different races were linked through symbols such as language, religious practices, even food and dress.

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