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Speak Good English Movement in Singapore: Reactions in Social and Traditional Media
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The first Speak Good English Movement, SGEM, took place in 2000, and has been organized annually ever since. Speaking a “standard” form of English is considered to bring increased personal power. However, the SGEM wants the Singaporeans to use “standard” English in their private life as well. A decade after the beginning of the campaign, a Speak Good Singlish Movement was started. Based on studies of language and identity, it is understandable why some Singaporeans might feel the SGEM threatens their identity. However, the reactions towards the campaign are mainly positive. For the purposes of this analysis, Twitter messages, Facebook pages, and newspaper articles from The Straits Times were collected. The SGEM has hailed both direct and indirect praise and criticism in both social and traditional media: Five newspaper articles praise the campaign while five criticize it; the results are nine and seven respectively for social media. This thesis looks at reactions towards the SGEM in both social and traditional media, analyzes how these reactions might relate to the ideas of the power of language, its variety and the relation of language and identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2011. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
Sociolinguistics, Singapore, Speak Good English Movement, Twitter, Facebook, Social Media, Traditional Media, The Straits Times, Standard English, Singlish, Singaporean Colloquial English
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6283OAI: diva2:519190
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-02-07 Created: 2012-02-07 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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