By Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
What function does race, geography, faith, orthography and nationalism play within the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This publication deals a radical research of previous and new identities in Asia's such a lot international urban, tested throughout the lens of language.
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Indeed, Singapore has traditionally been used as a metonym for the cosmopolitan settlements growing and developing along the coastal areas of the South China Sea, the Java Sea and the Straits of Malacca, or what has been called the “Mediterranean of Asia” (Widodo, 2009). Like the Comoros, Colombo and Hong Kong, nexuses are often small – in the case of Singapore, 704 km (272 sq. metres) with a population of around 5 million. In other words, nexuses grapple with structural changes “immediately” and their nimble and “cutting-edge” language policies are worthy of study since they are often trailblazers.
I sink it means dat. O-yes! : 174). Reith’s rather confident depiction may be seen as representative of the then Victorian conviction between a nation’s language (the way a language should be written and/or pronounced) and its effects on the morals of a person. Census taking The census, acknowledged widely as a scientific and objective instrument, played a part in legitimating linguistic and racial differences between the ruler and the ruled. It may be said to be a means of forestalling alliances in the colonies that could challenge imperial rule, especially if the governing class was a numerical minority.
Alfred Russel Wallace (1869: 31), the British naturalist and explorer, remarked that “few places are more interesting to a traveller from Europe than the town and island of Singapore, furnishing as it does, examples of a variety of Eastern races, and of many different 14 A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore Photo 1 Singapore as a sociolinguistic paradise. “Stamford Road in Singapore, decorated for the visit of the prince of wales in 1922. Reproduced with permission from the National Heritage Board and Editions Didlier Millet.