Singapore: Language Situation
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As a relatively small territory geographically located in the Malay archipelago but with a population comprising a large majority of Chinese – the only country outside of Greater China where ethnic Chinese constitute a majority, and numerically the fifth largest country of Overseas Chinese – and with a linguistic ecology dominated by Chinese languages, Singapore presents a fascinating study in the field of Chinese language and linguistics. Of particular interest are issues in language contact an…

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Lisa LIM, “Singapore: Language Situation”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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