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Choreographies of Multilingualism

Writing and Language Ideology in Singapore

Tong King Lee

Choreographies of Multilingualism

OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES

Choreographies of Multilingualism

Writing and Language Ideology in Singapore

OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES: Choreographies of Multilingualism

 

Choreographies of Multilingualism provides a comprehensive view of how Singapore's multilingualism is constructed through writing. Drawing on a wide range of data, including public signage, literary anthologies, social media writing, advertisements, and text-based commodities, Tong King Lee offers nuanced analyses of the multiple vectors that crisscross the linguistic landscape of a multilingual city.


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Singapore boasts a complex mix of languages and is therefore a rich site for the study of multilingualism and multilingual society. In particular, writing is a key medium in the production of the nation's multilingual order - one that is often used to organize language relations for public consumption.

In Choreographies of Multilingualism, Tong King Lee examines the linguistic landscape of written language in Singapore - from street signage and advertisements, to institutional anthologies and text-based memorabilia, to language primers and social media-based poetry - to reveal the underpinning language ideologies and how those ideologies figure in political tensions. The book analyzes the competing official and grassroots narratives around multilingualism and takes a nuanced approach
to discuss the marginalization, celebration, or appropriation of Singlish. Bringing together theoretical perspectives from sociolinguistics, multimodal semiotics, translation, and cultural studies, Lee demonstrates that multilingualism in Singapore is an emergent and evolving construct through which
identities and ideologies are negotiated and articulated.

Broad-ranging and cross-disciplinary, this book offers a significant contribution to our understanding of language in Singapore, and more broadly to our understanding of multilingualism and the sociolinguistics of writing.


ISBN
9780197644652
Pagina's
248
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Serie
OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES
NUR
610
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Paperback / softback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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