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Title: Disaffiliation amongst academically elite students in Singapore : the role of a non-standard variety of English language
Authors: Lu, Luke
Keywords: Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Lu, L. (2021). Disaffiliation amongst academically elite students in Singapore : the role of a non-standard variety of English language. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2021(271), 139-166. https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0039
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Abstract: This article seeks to examine whether and how a non-standard variety of English (i.e. Singlish) might contribute to (dis)affiliation amongst a multinational group of academically elite students in Singapore. Using interview data when informants expressed ideologies about Singlish and Standard English, I argue that informants tended to orient to two different social fields in interviews: a field of education where Standard English is consistently valued by them, and an informal field of socialisation where the value of Singlish is contested. Differences in valuation of Singlish suggest disaffiliation between two groups of academically elite students: (a) immigrants from China who arrived more recently and do not value Singlish; (b) localised peer groups (including immigrants and Singaporeans) who claim to value and practise Singlish in their informal interactions. There are implications for our understanding of the role of vernaculars in processes of transnational migration, and Singlish as a local marker of solidarity.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/153715
ISSN: 0165-2516
DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2020-0039
Rights: © 2021 Walter de Gruyter GmbH. All rights reserved. This paper was published in International Journal of the Sociology of Language and is made available with permission of Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
Fulltext Permission: embargo_20220922
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