1. Introduction: Crosslinguistic Influence in Singapore English 2. You Say Buay, I say Tahan: The Linguistic Situation in Singapore 3. Toolkit for Unifying Social and Linguistic Aspects 4. Missing You: Past Tense and Plural Marking 5. Semantically Unique: Already Got One 6. At the End of the Clause: Discourse Particles Lah, Leh, Lor 7. Conclusion: Towards a More Complete Picture
Ming Chew Teo is an assistant professor of Chinese in the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department at Virginia Tech. He is interested in the study of language contact and has published several articles on Singapore Southern Min and Colloquial Singapore English.
In this book, Teo provides an outstanding contribution to the advancement of theoretical reflections on crosslinguistic influences. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the author offers solid explanations for contact phenomena in the English spoken in Singapore. The resulting study adds much to the growing body of literature on synchronic language contact processes worldwide. This excellent book will be of interest to scholars and students of Singapore English and general contact linguistics alike.Jakob R.E. Leimgruber, University of Freiberg, Germany