Academic Profile

Tan Ying Ying is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies at the Nanyang Technological University. She is the first Singaporean to have received the prestigious Fung Global Fellowship from Princeton University.

Ying Ying works on issues pertaining to language use and perception in bilingual and multilingual communities within the frameworks of sociophonetics and sociolinguistics. Her initial research focused on the phonetic and prosodic features of Singapore English, inquiring into what these features can say about Singapore English as a legitimate variety of English that has some form of global status and recognition. Her concern with seeking legitimacy for languages in Singapore has also led her to examine policy and social issues that shape and affect language planning and policies in Singapore and internationally. For her work on language planning and policy, she is particularly interested in understanding and unveiling how the Singaporean state manages ethnolinguistic diversity and engineers multilingual individuals through language, education and media policies.

Sociophonetics, Acoustic phonetics (prosody in particular), Language Planning & Policy, Contact phonology (especially tone)

Singapore English; Chinese languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Teochew (Southern Min), Hokkien and Cantonese; Malay.
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Assoc Prof Tan Ying Ying
Associate Professor, School of Humanities

Tan Ying Ying is trained as a phonetician. Her research in phonetics has focused largely on the prosody (stress, intonation, rhythm) of Singapore English and other languages in Singapore, with particular attention to social-indexical variation, ethnic differentiation and substrate influence. Her current research inquiry concerns the constitution of the Singaporean accent. Besides Singapore English, she is also interested in the tonology of Southern Min languages such as Teochew and Hokkien. A firm believer in interdisciplinarity, she is engaged in understanding and analyzing language policy and planning through the lenses of cultural theory and contemporary thought. She has published in areas as phonetics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and cultural theory.
  • Investigating the Pedagogical Use of Varieties of English in the Singapore Classroom

  • Language Shift In Singapore's Indian Community

  • Linguistic Justice, Nations And Multilingualism: Rethinking Singapore's Language Policies

  • SingSpeak: Automating Speech and Humanising Machines
  • Cavallaro, Francesco, Bee Chin Ng, and Ying Ying Tan.(2020). Singapore English. In Kingsley Bolton & Andy Kirkpatrick(Ed), Handbook of Asian EnglishesBlackwell-Wiley.

  • Tan, Ying Ying.(2019). The use of surveys and questionnaires in World Englishes research. Investigating World Englishes: Research Methodology and Practical ApplicationsNY and London: Routledge.

  • Tan, Ying Ying.(2019). On attitudes, intelligilibilty, and perception: Cases of studies in World Englishes using surveys and questionnaires. Investigating World Englishes: Research Methodology and Practical ApplicationsNY and London: Routledge.

  • Foo, Amanda Limin, Ying-Ying Tan. (2019). Linguistic insecurity and the linguistic ownership of English among Singaporean Chinese. World Englishes, 38(1), 1-24.

  • Tan, Ying Ying. (2019, March). The Illegitimate Tongue: The Birth of Singlish. Paper presented at Harvard College in Asia Program 2019 Spring Conference, Singapore Management University, Singapore.