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Article: The Asian typology of English: Theoretical and methodological considerations

TitleThe Asian typology of English: Theoretical and methodological considerations
Authors
KeywordsAsian Englishes
Congruence
Contact Languages
Ecology
Evolution
Frequency
Malay
Multilingualism
Singapore English
Singlish
Sinitic
Issue Date2009
Citation
English World-Wide, 2009, v. 30 n. 2, p. 133-148 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper looks at the emergence of Asian English varieties in terms of the evolution of new grammatical features. I propose that, in order to reach a thorough understanding of how the unique combination of grammatical features that define specific Asian Englishes come about, we must approach these features from a typological and evolutionary perspective which allows us to contrast them not only with Standard English varieties but also with the Asian languages with which these come into contact. As restructured vernaculars, Asian English varieties are de facto contact languages, and, as such, evolve as a consequence of selection of features from a multilingual pool. In this pool, features of Asian varieties play a significant role in determining the output grammar and must therefore be appreciated in their own right. In order to illustrate these points, I introduce an evolutionary view of contact language formation, and I present a set of features typical of Singlish, which are all instances of replication of Asian, not English, features. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/179540
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.407
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dc.date.issued2009en_US
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dc.description.abstractThis paper looks at the emergence of Asian English varieties in terms of the evolution of new grammatical features. I propose that, in order to reach a thorough understanding of how the unique combination of grammatical features that define specific Asian Englishes come about, we must approach these features from a typological and evolutionary perspective which allows us to contrast them not only with Standard English varieties but also with the Asian languages with which these come into contact. As restructured vernaculars, Asian English varieties are de facto contact languages, and, as such, evolve as a consequence of selection of features from a multilingual pool. In this pool, features of Asian varieties play a significant role in determining the output grammar and must therefore be appreciated in their own right. In order to illustrate these points, I introduce an evolutionary view of contact language formation, and I present a set of features typical of Singlish, which are all instances of replication of Asian, not English, features. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
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dc.subjectAsian Englishesen_US
dc.subjectCongruenceen_US
dc.subjectContact Languagesen_US
dc.subjectEcologyen_US
dc.subjectEvolutionen_US
dc.subjectFrequencyen_US
dc.subjectMalayen_US
dc.subjectMultilingualismen_US
dc.subjectSingapore Englishen_US
dc.subjectSinglishen_US
dc.subjectSiniticen_US
dc.titleThe Asian typology of English: Theoretical and methodological considerationsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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