Singlish damn shiok lah, can speak or not?

My latest article for the BBC is on Singlish, which is the local multilayered vernacular of Singapore. I’m not a Singlish speaker myself, but I happened to have a couple of good sources and a fair bit of useful research. It’s an interesting study in emergent language change – and social and governmental attitudes towards it. And the article is worth it just for the Singlish-overdubbed video I found of a scene from Frozen!

The language the government tried to suppress

 

One response to “Singlish damn shiok lah, can speak or not?

  1. Pingback: Singlish damn shiok lah, can speak or not? — Sesquiotica – Confessions of a chocoholic

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