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Title: Anthroponymy across the decades amongst the Chinese Singaporeans
Authors: Gan, Chloe Jing Yong
Keywords: Humanities::Linguistics::Anthropological linguistics
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Gan, C. J. Y. (2022). Anthroponymy across the decades amongst the Chinese Singaporeans. Master's thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. https://hdl.handle.net/10356/164970
Abstract: There is no single culture in the world where individuals do not have names. As the world becomes closer through the process of globalization, cultures are seen to change and shift according to the cultures they are in contact with. These shifting practices include naming customs. This study is a sociolinguistic study of the Chinese Singaporean naming patterns from the independence of Singapore till the present-day. The study looks at how these naming practices have changed over the years and investigates the reasons behind the changes. The study utilized a mixed methods approach which involved the creation of a database of names that showed the trends of naming, as well as conducted interviews with parents to understand the motivations behind the naming of their children. The results showed that the main trends that can be observed are a hybridization of naming practices, combining both Western and Chinese naming practices, as well as a clear increase in Western Given Names. At the same time, there is a decrease in names that only have Chinese given names. The results also show that parents were influenced by globalization forces when choosing Western given names, while also considering fengshui when choosing Chinese given names. The naming practices reflected a new Chinese Singaporean identity that is being created to better represent them on an international platform. Further research can look at the naming practices of the other main racial groups in Singapore and how this contributes to the creation of a unique Singaporean culture.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/164970
DOI: 10.32657/10356/164970
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
Fulltext Permission: open
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