Singlish: a Controversial Yet Unique Creole of Singaporean


  • Andi Muammar Kareba Institut Agama Islam Muhammadiyah Sinjai, Indonesia
  • Sitti Aminah Institut Agama Islam Muhammadiyah Sinjai, Indonesia
  • Harmilawati Institut Agama Islam Muhammadiyah Sinjai, Indonesia
  • Khaerunnisa Institut Agama Islam Muhammadiyah Sinjai, Indonesia
  • Yunitasari Institut Agama Islam Muhammadiyah Sinjai, Indonesia


Singlish, diglossia, SSE, SGE Movement, language


This research aims to comprehend the cause of Singlish controversialism as a language. The methode used in this research is library study of 23 journals, magazines, and official websites. Descriptive research is used and emphasizing the analysis strength of existed data by counting on available theories to be defined on the writings that lead to the discussion. The data analysis technique used in this study refers to the theory of Miles and Huberman, which refers to four stages: data collection, reduction, presentation, and verification. The result shows that Singlish is a creol that has been classified as a diglossia in Singapore with its unique features. Eventhough the government againsts this language since the first place by establishing Speak Good English Movement. Singlish, with its dilemma, still utilized as a nonformal daily conversation and as national identity.


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