English and Multilingualism in Singapore
Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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Lim, L. 2012. English and Multilingualism in Singapore. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
To appreciate the situation of English in Singapore, one must recognize the multilingual context in which English has existed from the outset. Claimed by the British East India Company in 1819 as a nonsettler exploitation colony, Singapore saw both the introduction of English and the development of a multicultural, multilingual population that characterizes the nation today.
- Southeastern Asia;
- World Englishes;