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Peranakans in Singapore: Responses to language endangerment and documentation
|Title:||Peranakans in Singapore: Responses to language endangerment and documentation|
|Authors:||Lee, Nala H.|
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|Date Issued:||01 Dec 2019|
|Publisher:||University of Hawai'i Press|
|Citation:||Lee, Nala H. 2019. Peranakans in Singapore: Responses to language endangerment and documentation. In Pinharanda-Nunes, Mario and Hugo Cardoso (Eds.). Documentation and Maintenance of Contact Languages from South Asia to East Asia: issues on theory and practice.|
|Series:||LD&C Special Publication|
|Abstract:||Baba Malay is a critically endangered contact language that is home language to the Peranakans in Singapore and Malacca. This paper provides a diachronic perspective on the ways in which the Peranakan community in Singapore has responded to the issues of the issues of language endangerment and documentation. It reports qualitative observations of the community’s responses made by researchers of Baba Malay and community members in the 80s, when they first problematized the endangerment of Baba Malay. It also reports the qualitative and quantitative responses of community members towards language endangerment during and post- process of an ongoing language documentation project. Taken together, these observations show that Peranakans recognize how critically endangered Baba Malay is, and that the community is highly concerned about the potential loss of the language. The community’s general reactions towards language documentation, as well as bottom-up steps taken towards safeguarding the language, are discussed as well. These include the community-led initiatives such as the implementation of language classes, as well as individual-led initiatives, including the development of podcasts and a textbook for language learners.|
|Rights:||Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License|
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LD&C Special Publication No. 19: Documentation and Maintance of Contact Languages from South Asia to East Asia|
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