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Singaporean English in Contemporary Media


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Rabuzin, Jelena. (2018). Singaporean English in Contemporary Media. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Josipović Smojver, Višnja].

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In the present paper, Singaporean English is analysed on the basis of different online sources. The thesis starts with a short historical and sociolinguistic background of this variety. Different theoretical frameworks are then clarified. Regardless of their differences, they all agree that Singaporean English is not one unified variety. Rather, it encompasses everything from Colloquial Singaporean English (called Singlish) to Standard Singaporean English, whose main difference from Standard British English lies in pronunciation. In the empirical part of this thesis, Singaporean English in different Internet sources is analysed on the phonological, grammatical and lexical level. It is shown that different manifestations of Singaporean English are present in different online sources: from the acrolectal variety in minister’s speech to the varieties closer to the basilectal end of the continuum in satirical texts and mrbrown’s video. In the conclusion of this thesis, it is remarked that each particular variation of Singaporean English depends on the type of discourse in different contemporary media forms.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: varieties of English, Singaporean English, linguistic features, internet sources
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Josipović Smojver, Višnja
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2019 09:24
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2019 09:24

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