Given today’s globalized economy, colloquial English or Singlish, seemed to have no place in Singapore society, especially with local campaigns such as the “Speak Good English Movement” which encourages Singaporeans to speak grammatically correct English. How then, should the government manage its language policies so as to strike a balance between the local variety of English which is uniquely Singaporean and English as a global language?

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Translating the multilingual city : cross-lingual practices and language ideology
Lee, Tong-King.
Peter Lang,2013.
Singapore stories : language, class, and the Chinese of Singapore, 1945-2000
Koh, Ernest.
Cambria Press,c2010.
The languages of nation : attitudes and norms
Percy, Carol.
Multilingual Matters,2012.
Language policy and modernity in Southeast Asia : Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand
Rappa, Antonio L.
Sociolinguistic history of early identities in Singapore : from colonialism to nationalism
Chew, Phyllis Ghim Lian.
Palgrave Macmillan,2013.
Striking a balance : the management of language in Singapore
Shepherd, Janet.
Peter Lang,c2005.
Making sense of Singapore English
Brown, Adam, 1952-
Federal Publications,1992.
English language policies in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines
Asiah Abu Samah, 1937-
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies,2007.
DS520.5.I78V NO.1(2007)
 An essential guide to Singlish
Hanna, Samantha.
Gartbooks, 2003.