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In recent years the study of English and its global varieties has grown rapidly as a field of study. The English language in Singapore, famous for its vernacular known as 'Singlish', is of particular interest to linguists because it takes accent, dialect and lexical features from a wide range of languages including Malay, Mandarin, Hokkien and Tamil, as well as being influenced by the Englishes of Britain, Australia and America. This book gives a comprehensive overview of English in Singapore by setting it within a historical context and drawing on recent developments in the field of indexicality, world Englishes and corpus research. Through application of the indexicality framework Jakob Leimgruber offers readers a new way of thinking about and analysing the unique syntactic, semantic and phonological structure of Singapore English. This book is ideal for researchers and advanced students interested in Singapore and its languages.

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‘The first comprehensive account of the structure and variation of English in Singapore, Singapore English is essential reading for linguists and sociolinguists interested in theoretical issues in the treatment of ‘Singaporean English’, as well as postgraduate and undergraduate students seeking a better understanding of the language situation in Singapore.’

K. K. Luke - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

'Considering the thoroughness, innovative framework and familiarity with the topic, we can only hope that Leimgruber is already planning a monographic sequel.'

Umberto Ansaldo Source: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

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