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Open Access On sentence-final “what” in Singlish: Are you the Queen of England, or what?

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On sentence-final “what” in Singlish: Are you the Queen of England, or what?

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This article focuses on one particular linguistic feature of Singapore Colloquial English (SCE), sentence-final what, which has been referred to as an ‘objection particle’.SCE (Smith, 1985: 126)Context: Discussion of a student who is going overseas for one month and will be missing classes.a. He’ll never pass the third year.b. It’s only for one month what.Sentence-final what in SCE is analyzed in its (synchronic) behavior and (diachronic) development, and the proposal made by the authors is that sentence-final what is a result of a process which started in British English.

Affiliations: 1: Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, kouteva@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de ; 2: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea srhee@hufs.ac.kr ; 3: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, dpziegeler@gmail.com ; 4: Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf jessica.sabban@arcor.de

This article focuses on one particular linguistic feature of Singapore Colloquial English (SCE), sentence-final what, which has been referred to as an ‘objection particle’.SCE (Smith, 1985: 126)Context: Discussion of a student who is going overseas for one month and will be missing classes.a. He’ll never pass the third year.b. It’s only for one month what.Sentence-final what in SCE is analyzed in its (synchronic) behavior and (diachronic) development, and the proposal made by the authors is that sentence-final what is a result of a process which started in British English.

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