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Book Chapter: Yesterday’s founder population, today’s Englishes: The role of the Peranakans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore English

TitleYesterday’s founder population, today’s Englishes: The role of the Peranakans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore English
Authors
KeywordsBaba Malay
revitalisation
ethnolinguistic vitality
language contact
founder principle
Issue Date2014
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Citation
Yesterday’s founder population, today’s Englishes: The role of the Peranakans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore English. In Buschfeld, S ... (et al) (Eds.), The Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond, Varieties of English Around the World G49, p. 401-419. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing, 2014 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper highlights a less well known player in the contact dynamics involved in the evolution of Singapore English (SgE): the Peranakans – descendants of 18th / 19th-century southern Chinese traders in Malaya and local women, who became a prestigious minority group. As multilingual, early English adopters, and dominant in the ecology, the Peranakans demonstrate the significance of a founder population, in how their features – here, their original vernacular Baba Malay via Peranakan English – are persistent and influential in the evolution of contact varieties in a multilingual ecology. This paper also considers the current positioning of the Peranakans in their 21st-century revival in the changed sociolinguistic context of Singapore and what this means for the current and future evolution of SgE.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199545
ISBN
Series/Report no.Varieties of English around the world, G49

 

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dc.contributor.authorLim, LLSen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T01:22:31Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-22T01:22:31Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationYesterday’s founder population, today’s Englishes: The role of the Peranakans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore English. In Buschfeld, S ... (et al) (Eds.), The Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond, Varieties of English Around the World G49, p. 401-419. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing, 2014en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9789027249098en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199545-
dc.description.abstractThis paper highlights a less well known player in the contact dynamics involved in the evolution of Singapore English (SgE): the Peranakans – descendants of 18th / 19th-century southern Chinese traders in Malaya and local women, who became a prestigious minority group. As multilingual, early English adopters, and dominant in the ecology, the Peranakans demonstrate the significance of a founder population, in how their features – here, their original vernacular Baba Malay via Peranakan English – are persistent and influential in the evolution of contact varieties in a multilingual ecology. This paper also considers the current positioning of the Peranakans in their 21st-century revival in the changed sociolinguistic context of Singapore and what this means for the current and future evolution of SgE.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishingen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyonden_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVarieties of English around the world, G49-
dc.subjectBaba Malay-
dc.subjectrevitalisation-
dc.subjectethnolinguistic vitality-
dc.subjectlanguage contact-
dc.subjectfounder principle-
dc.titleYesterday’s founder population, today’s Englishes: The role of the Peranakans in the (continuing) evolution of Singapore Englishen_US
dc.typeBook_Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.emailLim, LLS: lisalim@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLim, LLS=rp01169en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1075/veaw.g49.23lim-
dc.identifier.hkuros231154en_US
dc.identifier.volumeVarieties of English Around the World G49en_US
dc.identifier.spage401en_US
dc.identifier.epage419en_US
dc.publisher.placeAmsterdam; Philadelphiaen_US

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