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Title: 
The discourse of linguistic capital: Language and economic policy planning in Singapore
Authors: 
Keywords: 
Bourdieu
English
English-knowing bilingualism
Modernization
Mother tongue
Singapore
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 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10993-004-6564-4
URI: 
ISSN: 
1573-1863 (online)
1568-4555 (print)
Other Identifiers: 
10.1007/s10993-004-6564-4
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