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Title: Metadiscursive convergence in the Singlish debate
Authors: Wee, L. 
Keywords: Iconization
Language ideological debates
Social language
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Wee, L. (2011). Metadiscursive convergence in the Singlish debate. Language and Communication 31 (1) : 75-85 . ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper focuses on the debate over Singlish, a colloquial variety of English spoken in Singapore, and examines the factors that lead to a metadiscursive convergence between the anti-Singlish government and the pro-Singlish Singaporeans. The paper shows how it is that even as the two sides disagree on whether to stigmatize or valorize Singlish, they both share similar assumptions about Singlish. As a result, these assumptions are never contested, much less critically examined, despite their problematic nature. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Language and Communication
ISSN: 02715309
DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2010.04.001
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