Signing off from Singapore!

The final stage of the data collection process was completed on Friday, bringing my part in the project to an end. There was nothing else to do but kick back at the Raffles Hotel with a Singapore Sling, throw my peanut shells on the floor (it’s a thing) and reflect on my short time here. 
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Code-mixing, bilingualism and frog leg porridge

I finally made a trip out to Geylang. Despite my initial understanding of this area as a seedy red light district, it turns out that it actually has a lot more to offer and is in fact somewhat of a food mecca of Singapore. image 3 After hopping off the train and meeting up with my friends, we set off into the heart of the district. It reminded me of a true South East Asian city, crowded, gritty with an organised chaos to it. The streets were lit up by neon-signs from karaoke bars and ‘other’ establishments, motorbikes perched in front of no-frills restaurants where old men sipped their kopi and stared at us as we walked past. Locals squatted on blankets selling batteries, lighters and an assortment of other items. Continue reading

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MDA Senior Management Rap… You MUST watch this.

In 2007, Singapore’s Media Development Agency (MDA) dropped one of the greatest hiphop bombs of all time. Not so much for the lyrics… or their flow… or the beat…. OK, just trust me and watch it. It’s extremely entertaining. Continue reading

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Insights from Singaporean Speech Pathology graduates

Having been drawn to ‘Cafe Iguana’ with the promise of the best frozen margaritas in Singapore, I arrived at Clarke Quay and met with my supervisor, my Australian classmates and a group of recent Singaporean graduates from the same Master’s program at Flinders. I hadn’t met most of the Singaporean speechies before, but it was great to network a little and gain some insights into working life in Singapore. Continue reading

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The dynamic nature of the English language. Demonstrated by a teenager in less than 15 characters

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So I am one of the older students in my cohort, but I must admit I was kind of proud of myself for being able to decipher this funny example of English as a living, dynamic language.

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More reflections on the data collection process

Yesterday’s data collection round was much more positive for me, partly because I had a few more children to test and partly because I got significantly better data samples from each of the clients. I was once again paired with another one of my Singaporean colleagues and we took turns taking different children out from the kindy room and running through the language screener with them. I was able to screen children from both Mandarin and Malay speaking backgrounds. I noted a few different things this time around… Continue reading

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The history of Singapore: A linguistic melting pot

As an International Studies graduate (and a bit of a history nerd), I always love learning about the past when travelling to new places. As a Speech Pathology student, I’m also fascinated with language. Over the last week or so, I’ve been in and out of various museums, done some research online and spoken with friends about both the history and language of Singapore. My down time and participation in the research project has meant a lot of opportunities to speak with Singaporean children and adults and observe the unique varieties of Singapore English.

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Expressive language screener with Singaporean children

Yesterday, I had my first opportunity to begin data collection, working with Singaporean children in two schools in the Northern most part of the island. Unfortunately, we had much less children available than we had planned, but I was able to see a handful of children from both predominantly Mandarin and Malay speaking households. Continue reading

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Alleged racist Facebook post by former Singaporean Presidential Candidate

Surfing through some of the local news recently, I came across an interesting article that touches on racism in multicultural Singapore. Tan Kin Lian is a businessman who ran for the 2011 Presidential election for the People’s Action Party. He recently boarded a bus that that was occupied by mostly Indians and posted the following controversial post to his Facebook page Continue reading

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The (Mer)Lion Nation

singapore_1I ended up on another long walk today. This time, I decided to visit the National Museum of Singapore. It was another hot and humid day, and there was some kind of Hindu festival happening which meant a lot of the roads were blocked off and there were many of the local Indian residents out on the street. Continue reading

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