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The spread of English language in Singapore and the birth of Singlish phenomenon

Inglese, Singapore, Singlish

Why English language is so widespread on global scale? To the vitality and prosperity of whatever language contribute intellectuals with their ideas, ambassadors and state officers with their diplomatic skills, but above all the armies with their military power and the strategic skills of their generals. In this juncture, the establishment of British East India Company by Queen Elizabeth I opera della regina Elisabetta I, is to be considered an essential…

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Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian and Javanese loanwords in Singapore Colloqual English lexicon

Indoneseiano, Giavanese, Arabo eGiapponese, Singapore, Singlish, parole giapponese

Among the various linguistic realities that over time have contributed to the enrichment of Singapore Colloqual English or Singlish vocabulary, we can also find Japanese, whose teaching was strongly supported during the three year of occupation of the former British colony by Japanese military forces and of course Javanese Language probably due to the geographical position in which the Island of Java is located. Words of Japanese origins in Singlish vocabulary…

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Tamil and Singlish: here you are explained the top 5 words of Tamil origins you might hear in Singapore while visiting “Little India”

Parole Tamil a Singapore, Tamil, Singapore, Little India

loading… A valuable contribution to the enrichment and development of Singlish lexicon, especially for what concerns the entry of new loan words coming from all other contextual languages in Singapore, finds its roots in Tamil Language1. In fact, right to Tamil Language are attributable the origins of these five typical Singlish words you might easily hear while visiting that colourful and charming quarter of Singapore named Little India: Goondu (leterally translated from Tamil Language into Italian,…

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The contribution of Malay language to the enrichment and development of Singlish lexicon in 13 words and 9 typical dishes

malese, cucina malese, cibo malese

Although Malay Language still continues to play a preminent role on Singaporean sociolinguistic chessboard, being both the official Language of Singaporean National Anthem and the sole National Language officially recognized by the Constitution of Singapore, towards the end of the Seventies – probably because of that considerable general atmosphere of resentment arisen during the Merger Years – the interest of Singapore institutional bodies towards the promotion and dissemination of Malay Language, especially in the context of Singapore educational…

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