10 Oct '11, 2am

By the way ... Overwhelmed with Singlish hospitality - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

SINGLISH promotes ELITISM, as Singlish ensures that only a few Singaporeans are really proficient in BASIC-LEVEL Standard English. Singaporeans in general are not proficient in BASIC-LEVEL Standard English simply because most of them have not had the chance to use BASIC-LEVEL Standard English often in various situations in life. It is a FALLACY that Singaporeans in general use English often at home, etc. When it is used, what kind of English is used, anyway ? Singlish is more than just the accent used, or the use of the particles like "lah". The essence of Singlish lies in its grammatical structure, which too often omits or misuses sentence construction, tenses, prepositions, etc. It is obvious that advocates of Singlish like Colin Goh can effectively switch codes between Standard English and Singlish ONLY because he had a firm grounding in Standard English early in life. ...

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