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dc.titleLinguistic instrumentalism in Singapore
dc.contributor.authorWee, L.
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-16T01:44:25Z
dc.date.available2014-05-16T01:44:25Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.identifier.citationWee, L. (2003). Linguistic instrumentalism in Singapore. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 24 (3) : 211-224. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/01434630308666499" target="_blank">https://doi.org/10.1080/01434630308666499</a>
dc.identifier.issn01434632
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52412
dc.description.abstractThe need to participatein a globalisedeconomy createsa situationwhere 'the abilityto cross boundaries' and the 'construction of new global, international norms' are especially important, and this has led to the 'old politics of identity' being increasingly abandoned 'in favour of a new pragmatic position' where language and culture are valuedas commodifiable resources(Heller,1999a:5). In Singapore, thismove towards a more pragmatic viewof language canbe seenin the Government's attempt to assertthe economic value of the local languages, officially known as 'mother tongues'. The mother tongues originally contrast with English in a narrative where they are treated primarily as repositories of cultural values, and thus assigned to a domain (the traditional and cultural) that is distinct from that assigned to the latter (the economic and technological). This paper explores the factors motivating the Government's shift towards a discourse of linguistic instrumentalism, as well as its consequences, and ends by suggesting some possible general features of linguistic instrumentalism. © 2003 L.Wee.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectIdentity
dc.subjectLanguage policy
dc.subjectModernity
dc.subjectPolitical discourse
dc.subjectSingapore
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
dc.description.doi10.1080/01434630308666499
dc.description.sourcetitleJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
dc.description.volume24
dc.description.issue3
dc.description.page211-224
dc.identifier.isiutNOT_IN_WOS
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