Does anyone know SINGLISH!?

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by charles brough, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. charles brough Registered Senior Member

    Singlish is commonly spoke in Singapore. Most of the Chinese there are descendents of people who migrated from SouthEast China early in the previous century when that region was being contested (China vs. IndoChina). Villages were fortified and the people were uneducated.

    In Malaysia and Singapore, they settled and continued to speak Hoken Chinese. But English became the language of business and England ruled the land for perhaps a century. English stuck with the upper classes.

    During the first half of the last century, the common Chinese people have been taught Mandarin besides the Hoken learned from their parents. But English was not adequatrely drifting down to the common people.

    In 1993, my then wife was commissioned by the Singapore government to develop a prime time TV series for Singapore IN ENGLISH. This would be the first time that had happened. So, it centered around Chinese people who had learned English simply by speaking with English words based largely upon Chinese grammer and pronunciation!

    That's Singlish!

    Fortunately, the educational system of Singapore is excellent and they have, in recent years, largely replaced Singlish with English. Singaporeans still have a particular accent, but so do Chinese from China.

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  5. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

    Aye, kya bolta tu?
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  8. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

    Most of us British Cypriots speak Greenglish, a mixture of bad Greek and bad English.

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