A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore: From Colonialism to Nationalism (BOK)

Phyllis Ghim Lian Chew

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'Pulau Panjan', 'Po Luo Chung', 'Pulau Ujong', 'Lung -ya-men', 'Temasek', 'Singapura' are all former names of Singapore and belie its colourful history as the El-Dorado and nexus of Southeast Asia. Who were Singapore's previous multilingual inhabitants? What were the pidgins, creoles and languages that thronged its market places and created its forgotten identities? How did polyglot migrants caught in the throes of an earlier globalization organize their respective identities? What hybrid identities arose from such cross-cultural interactions? This book presents a fascinating history of early identities in Singapore as examined through the retrospective lens of language. A long view has been chosen for its advantage in providing unexpected socio-political and linguistic insights into the long term effects of change and continuity.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Phyllis Ghim Lian Chew
ISBN 9781137012333
Antall sider 256 Dimensjoner 14,5cm x 22,2cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 435 gram Emner og form Sociolinguistics