Singlish: That's Bad English
AbstractGrowing up in Singapore, I used to say sentences like "Don't be like that lah!" when reprimanding my sister or "Do this for what?" when questioning someone's actions. My use of Singlish, an English dialect spoken in Singapore, was usually corrected by my parents and teachers to Standard English. However, I felt that it was wrong to say that Singlish is broken or bad. Each Chinese-influenced Singlish word – lah, lor, or hor – at the end of sentences conveys a particular meaning. Those words cannot be ordered in other ways. My conflict in thinking about languages reflects the two ways of approaching language in linguistics: a descriptive attitude or a prescriptive attitude.
How to Cite
LIWAG, Melisse Claireneth. Singlish: That's Bad English. Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Issues and Media, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, oct. 2018. Available at: <http://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/ujcim/article/view/4133>. Date accessed: 16 nov. 2018.