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Title: The discourse of linguistic capital: Language and economic policy planning in Singapore
Authors: Silver, Rita
Keywords: Bourdieu
English-knowing bilingualism
Mother tongue
Symbolic capital
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Silver, R. (2005). The discourse of linguistic capital: Language and economic policy planning in Singapore. Language Policy, 4(1), 47-66.
Abstract: This paper examines the historical and current connections between English language education policy and economic development policy in Singapore. Policy statements on English language education policy in Singapore are used to demonstrate the ways that English is given a role in economic development and modernization by government officials and educators. The discourse of policy statements on the economic utility and cultural value of languages is discussed with reference to Bourdieu’s concepts of capital and field. Comparative reference is made to policy statements on so-called 'Mother Tongue.' The analysis provides background on language policy in Singapore and locates current reform efforts within that discourse.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Language Policy. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1573-1863 (online)
1568-4555 (print)
Other Identifiers: 10.1007/s10993-004-6564-4
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