Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1075/jpcl.20.2.03zhi
Title: Systemic transfer, topic prominence, and the bare conditional in Singapore English
Authors: Zhiming, B. 
Min, L.H.
Keywords: Chinese
Conditional clause
Language contact
Pidgin and creole
Relexification
Singapore English
Substrate influence
Topic prominence
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Zhiming, B., Min, L.H. (2005). Systemic transfer, topic prominence, and the bare conditional in Singapore English. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 20 (2) : 269-291. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1075/jpcl.20.2.03zhi
Abstract: Colloquial Singapore English has a novel conditional construction in which the conditional clause is not marked morphosyntactically, and must precede the consequent clause. We show that Singapore English, like Chinese, the main substrate language, is topic prominent, and the novel conditional construction is a direct consequence of this new typological status. We analyze the unmarked conditional clause as topic, a basic syntactic position in topic prominent languages. Our analysis shows that substrate influence is systemic: the entire cluster of properties associated with topic prominence is transferred from Chinese to Singapore English.
Source Title: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130231
ISSN: 09209034
DOI: 10.1075/jpcl.20.2.03zhi
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