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Title: Language practices in Malay-Chinese families in Singapore
Authors: Ng, Bee Chin
Tan, Jo Mei Jing
Pauwels, Anne
Cavallaro, Francesco
Keywords: Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Ng, B. C., Tan, J. M. J., Pauwels, A. & Cavallaro, F. (2022). Language practices in Malay-Chinese families in Singapore. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1-21.
Project: 2019-T1-001-080
Journal: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Abstract: Studies on language shift in Singapore have focused on the language use within ethnic communities. However, despite increasing numbers of interethnic marriages, very few studies have explored the effect of such marriages on LS. This article explores the language practices within Malay-Chinese mixed marriages and examines how language policies in these marriages and families are negotiated. Through the analysis of surveys and interviews with 16 Malay-Chinese interethnic families, this study found that English transcends both Malay and Mandarin in terms of language use in all domains. The linguistic choices of participants are also dependent on their interlocutors. Parental ideologies, both overt and covert, point to Mandarin being perceived as important for their children’s future while Malay was perceived to be a more familial language. This paper also highlights the influence government policies have on Singaporeans’ perceptions on the status of languages. The data points unambiguously to language shift in progress within these families, away from either Mandarin or Malay towards English.
ISSN: 0143-4632
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2080214
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
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