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Title: Globalization and multilingualism in Singapore: Implications for a hybrid identity
Authors: Vaish, Viniti, 1964-
Keywords: Singapore
Asian Values
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Citation: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, 2006
Abstract: This essay is about language and unique forms of identity in Singapore resulting from globalization. Specifically it looks at language use amongst the Indians in Singapore in the domains of religion and public space. Identified as one of the most globalized nations in the world, Singapore is concerned about the erosion of mother tongue languages and the consequent demise of Asian Values. Through the preliminary findings of a large scale language survey and smaller scale follow up studies, this essay shows a heteroglossic use of languages and a concomitant hybrid identity which is the mark of being Singaporean. The essay also emphasizes that a unidimensional view of language and globalization, which only looks at globalization as a form of McDonaldization, is not in keeping with actual patterns of language use.
Project number: CRP 22/04 AL
CRP 23/04 AL
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