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Title: Linguistic Alternants and Code Selection in Baba Malay
Authors: Pakir, A. 
Issue Date: 1989
Citation: Pakir, A. (1989). Linguistic Alternants and Code Selection in Baba Malay. World Englishes 8 (3) : 379-388. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An explanation of variable language use in natural conversations among the Baba community in Singapore is provided. The sociolinguistic setting of the Baba Malay is summarized, followed by a study in which the everyday talk of the babas & nyonyas (males & females) is taped over a period of three months. The code-switching that occurred between Malay, Hokkien, & English is analyzed. Examples illustrate that code choice reflects a speaker's attempt to negotiate a collective social identity & accommodate fellow speakers & hearers. The sequential uses of the three languages specifically serve the purposes of reiteration - repetition, clarification, emphasis, & modification of a message or utterance. A. Sturrock.
Source Title: World Englishes
ISSN: 08832919
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