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...ith standard Singaporean English. Graddol et al. goes on and says that Singlish has been described as “Colloquial Singapore English”, a lower variety of Singaporean English used by less competent speakers or that it is used “by some language learners at the beginning stages” by the National University of Singapore and has been panned by government officials for flopping as a international language. The Singaporean government has banned Singlish from television and advertisements while is showing strong support for standard Singaporean English. The relegation of Singlish as an inferior language and the promotion of standard Singaporean English, which has close ties to standard British English, bring us back to the question of uniqueness. How can we identify any variety of English as a ‘distinct’ one if it is closely related to another standard variety of the language?
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