- Language: English
- Published: December 2010
- Region: Singapore
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Singaporean Malayalam. Edition No. 1
- Published: January 2010
- Region: Global, Singapore
- 124 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
Malayalees are the second largest sub-group within the Indian community in Singapore. The first Malayalee immigrants arrived in Singapore in the 1930s. Over a period of time, there has been a gradual shift in the linguistic proficiency and choice of matrix language amongst speakers. Singaporean Malayalam has emerged as a new code amongst second and third generation Malayalees. The new code is a result of a long-term contact with the local languages and culture. Research into language choices and language use amongst tri-generational Singaporean Malayalee families show that there is a need to analyze language use from a microscopic perspective in order to document contact-induced changes and to track future changes to the language.It is hoped that this book will generate more interest and research into the multilingual lives of Singaporean Malayalees.
Anitha Devi, Pillai.
is a lecturer at National Institute of Education (NTU, Singapore). Her research interests are discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and critical academic literacy.