Velda Khoo

Velda Khoo
University of Colorado Boulder | CUB ·  Department of Linguistics

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Velda is a Singaporean linguist whose research focuses on Singlish. She works within paradigms of sociocultural linguistics and linguistic anthropology and examines language and identity, language in globalization, and language politics. Through her professional work on Singlish, she engages in debates on the linguistic status of Singlish, and questions fundamental assumptions of language: what is language, and how language facilitates identity construction. For more, visit veldakhoo.com

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The People’s Action Party (PAP) have won every election in Singapore since 1959 when the citystate was first granted self-governance. Over the years, its regime has been described as authoritarian by political observers (Rodan 2004; Tan 2012), the subjugation of the media a commonly brought-up example of the party’s ability to shut down contrasting...
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This article discusses language practice, ideology, and identity construction among the Kotiria (East Tukano), an indigenous people of the multilingual Vaupés region in northwestern Amazonia. Based on detailed analysis of speech from a young Kotiria girl, it presents a case study of dissonance between reported language ideology-founded on the notio...
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The study of utterance particles in Singapore Colloquial English1 (SCE), or more commonly known as Singlish, is traditionally known as one fraught with difficulties, mainly due to the problems of pinning down exact grammatical functions and interactional motivations for this unique word class. This paper studies a relatively new particle in the SCE...