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The step-tongue : children's English in Singapore

Author: Anthea Fraser Gupta
Publisher: Clevedon [England] : Multilingual Matters, ©1994.
Series: Multilingual matters (Series), 101.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Singapore multilingualism is the norm, and English (often the local variety) is widely acquired and used. This book examines the social and historical context of children's English in Singapore  Read more...

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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthea Fraser Gupta
ISBN: 0585126194 1853592293 9781853592294 1853592307 9781853592300 9780585126197
OCLC Number: 1119076167
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 229 p.) : ill.
Contents: Part 1 Native speakers of English in Singapore: introduction; Diglossia in Singapore English; features of SCE and StdE; SCE features; StdE features; who are the native speakers?; how numerous are the native speakers?; Singapore censuses, 1980 and 1990; history of English in Singapore; the schools; the pupils; the teachers; the languages; language situation in early schools; the present situation; SCE in Singapore today. Part 2 Acquiring Singapore colloquial English: introduction; acquiring a Creole; the children in my study; the boys' family; the girls' family; linguistic repertoire; learning SCE; beginning to be Diglossic; acquiring pragmatic particles in SCE. Part 3 Acquisition of interrogatives: introduction; interrogative structures in SCE; X-interrogatives; order of acquisition of wh-words; X-interrogatives with missing constituent; development of X-interrogatives; what, where and who; which and how many; fronting of wh-words - why and how; trends in main clause X-interrogatives; polar interrogatives.
Series Title: Multilingual matters (Series), 101.
Responsibility: Anthea Fraser Gupta.

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