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Children’s English in Singapore

Acquisition, Properties, and Use, 1st Edition

By Sarah Buschfeld


300 pages | 23 Color Illus. | 71 B/W Illus.

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Combining the World Englishes framework with First Language Acquisition methodology, this book investigates children’s acquisition of L1 English in the context of multilingual Singapore, one of the traditional Kachruvian Outer Circle or ESL countries.

The book investigates language choice, use, and dominance in Singaporean families, identifies common linguistic characteristics of L1 Singapore English, as well as the acquisitional route that Singaporean children take. It discusses characteristics at the different levels of language organization, i.e., phonological, morphosyntactic, lexical, and pragmatic features, drawing on a variety of systematically elicited data and Praat-based acoustic analyses. Comparing the results to similar data obtained from children living in England (both mono- and bi-/multilingual), the book also sheds light on how the acquisitional steps taken by Singaporean children differ from or are similar to traditional native speakers of English and children from immigrant families in England.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Singapore English: Evolution, Sociolinguistic Background, and Structural Characteristics

3. Acquiring English as a First Language: Setting the Scene

4. Investigating the Acquisition of L1 Singapore English: Setting the Methodological Scene

5. L1 Singapore English: Acquisitional Background, Usage Domains, and Features

6. The Acquisition of Subject Pronouns

7. The Acquisition of Past Tense Marking

8. The Acquisition of Vowel Sounds

9. Discussion

10. Conclusions

About the Author

Sarah Buschfeld is Chair of English Linguistics (Multilingualism) at the Technical University of Dortmund.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in World Englishes

Being one of the fastest developing areas of linguistic research, World Englishes has received increasing attention in the research scholarship. There have been published monographs and books series which focus on various aspects of the spread of English across the world. However, given the burgeoning development in the field and growing demand from researchers and educators for relevant resources, there is a need to update some of the existing research and, more importantly, there is an exigency to extend the research scholarship to areas that have not hitherto received due attention. These are also the research gaps this proposed book series hopes to fill, in particular, the need for rigorous features-based and empirically-driven studies on World Englishes.

This Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics book series will provide a starting point for those who wish to know more about the aspects of the spread of English in the current globalized world. Each volume can cover the following aspects of the study of World Englishes: issues and theoretical paradigms, feature-based studies (i.e. phonetics and phonology, syntax, lexis) and language in use (e.g. education, media, the law and other related disciplines). It will contain a comprehensive bibliography of works published on the particular areas at the end of the book.

The aims of the series are

  • To add to and, if possible, break new ground on the existing research on World Englishes;
  • To explore some new varieties of Englishes that have not been previously documented;
  • To provide rigorous features-based studies on varieties of World Englishes;
  • To investigate the issues and theoretical paradigms surrounding the sociolinguistic aspects of the study of World Englishes;
  • To provide an up-to-date documentation of language in use, in education, and language policy issues in World Englishes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics