Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1075/jpcl.25.1.06bao
Title: Bazaar malay topics
Authors: Zhiming, B. 
Aye, K.K.
Keywords: Bazaar Malay
Chinese
Contactinduced change
Malay
Pidgin
Substratum transfer
Topic prominence
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Zhiming, B., Aye, K.K. (2010). Bazaar malay topics. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 25 (1) : 155-171. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1075/jpcl.25.1.06bao
Abstract: Bazaar Malay is a Malay-lexified pidgin with a Chinese substratum spoken in the marketplace of Singapore (and elsewhere in Southeast Asia). Although it is no longer a lingua franca in Singapore today, it is nevertheless still spoken by older Singaporeans. Like Chinese and Malay, Bazaar Malay is a topic-prominent language. We document three types of the Bazaar Malay topic construction and show that they are identical to the topic structures found in Chinese. The degree of convergence in the topic construction between Chinese and Bazaar Malay, and between Chinese and Singapore English, supports the systemic view of substratum transfer. © 2010 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Source Title: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/126422
ISSN: 09209034
DOI: 10.1075/jpcl.25.1.06bao
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