1st Edition

Multilingual Global Cities Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai

Edited By Peter Siemund, Jakob R.E. Leimgruber Copyright 2021
    346 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume sets out to investigate the linguistic ecologies of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, with chapters that combine empirical and theoretical approaches to the sociolinguistics of multilingualism. One important feature of this publication is that the five parts of the collection deal with such key issues as the historical dimension, language policies and language planning, contemporary societal multilingualism, multilingual language acquisition, and the localized Englishes of global cities. The first four sections of the volume provide a multi-levelled and finely-detailed description of multilingual diversity of three global cities, while the final section discusses postcolonial Englishes in the context of multilingual language acquisition and language contact.

    Chapter 1: The multilingual ecologies of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai - Jakob R. E.  Leimgruber & Peter Siemund


    Chapter 2: The origins of Singapore English - Bao Zhiming

    Chapter 3: A socio-historical approach to multilingualism in Hong Kong - Kingsley Bolton & Siu-lun Lee

    Chapter 4: Socio-historical multilingualism and language policies in Dubai - Irene Theodoropoulou


    Chapter 5: The state of/and language planning in Singapore - Lionel Wee

    Chapter 6: Multilingualism, language policy, and social diversity in Hong Kong - Anita Y. K. Poon

    Chapter 7: Multilingualism, language management, and social diversity in the United Arab Emirates - Ahmad Al-Issa


    Chapter 8: Multilingualism and multiculturalism in Singapore - Francesco Cavallaro & Ng Bee Chin

    Chapter 9: Societal multilingualism in Hong Kong - Kingsley Bolton, John Bacon-Shone & Siu-lun Lee

    Chapter 10: The linguistic and semiotic landscapes of Dubai - Khawlah Ahmed


    Chapter 11: Multilingual language acquisition in Singapore - Sarah Buschfeld

    Chapter 12: Medium of instruction issues in trilingual Hong Kong primary schools - Wang Lixun & Andy Kirkpatrick

    Chapter 13: Multilingualism and linguistic hybridity in Dubai - Sarah Hopkyns


    Chapter 14: Grammatical change and diversity in Singapore English - Debra Ziegeler

    Chapter 15: Hong Kong English: Structural features and future prospects - Robert Fuchs

    Chapter 16: Morpho-syntactic features of English as a lingua franca in Dubai and Sharjah - Víctor Parra-Guinaldo & Betty Lanteigne


    Peter Siemund has been Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Hamburg, Germany since 2001. He pursues a cross-linguistic typological approach in his work on reflexivity and self-intensifiers, pronominal gender, interrogative constructions, speech acts and clause types, argument structure, tense and aspect, varieties of English, language contact, and multilingual development. His publications include, as author, Pronominal gender in English: A study of English varieties from a cross-linguistic perspective (2008), The amazing world of Englishes. A practical introduction (with Julia Davydova and Georg Maier, 2012), Varieties of English: A typological approach (2013), and Speech acts and clause types: English in a cross-linguistic context (2018), and, as editor, Language contact and contactlanguages (with Noemi Kintana, 2008), Linguistic universals and language variation (2011), and Foreign language education in multilingual classrooms (with Andreas Bonnet, 2018).

    Jakob R. E. Leimgruber is Lecturer at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research focusses on world Englishes and on English in multilingual contexts. He is the author of Singapore English: Variation, structure, and use (2013) and Language planning and policy in Quebec: A comparative perspective (2019).