In Singapore’s globalized economy founded on the ideology of meritocracy built on neoliberal principle of self-reliance, English is privileged as a language for economic progress while Malay as the state-assigned mother tongue for the Malay community. This study aims to investigate the relationship between Singapore’s bilingual policy, touted to be instrumental to Singapore’s remarkable economic progress in only five decades, and ethnic identity construction by studying how official discourse conditions the interactional practices of bilingual Malays in their everyday construction and performance of ethnicity in global city-state where Malays are a minority ethnic group. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
|School:||National University of Singapore (Singapore)|
|School Location:||Republic of Singapore|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||South Asian Studies|
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