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?

Here are some recommended readings from the Library.  For further queries, please contact Oi May at omwong@ntu.edu.sg

Translating the multilingual city : cross-lingual practices and language ideology
Lee, Tong-King.
Peter Lang,2013.
P119.32.S55L481
Singapore stories : language, class, and the Chinese of Singapore, 1945-2000
Koh, Ernest.
Cambria Press,c2010.
P119.32.S55K79
The languages of nation : attitudes and norms
Percy, Carol.
Multilingual Matters,2012.
P119.315.L287n
Language policy and modernity in Southeast Asia : Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand
Rappa, Antonio L.
Springer,c2006.
P119.32.S64R221
Sociolinguistic history of early identities in Singapore : from colonialism to nationalism
Chew, Phyllis Ghim Lian.
Palgrave Macmillan,2013.
P40.45.S55C529
Striking a balance : the management of language in Singapore
Shepherd, Janet.
Peter Lang,c2005.
P40.5.L352S548
Making sense of Singapore English
Brown, Adam, 1952-
Federal Publications,1992.
PE1128.B877
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.
PE3502.S5E78