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TAMIL-T  December 2006

TAMIL-T December 2006

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Abstract of an interesting article on Tamil in Singapore (fwd)

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"Harold F. Schiffman" <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 09:35:23 -0500

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Appeared in: International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Volume: 10  Number: 1  Page: 5879  doi:10.2167/beb366.0

Attitudes towards Literary Tamil and Standard Spoken Tamil in Singapore

Vanithamani Saravanan

English Language and Literature/Centre for Research in Pedagogy and
Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological
University, Singapore, Asian Languages Centre, National Institute of
Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Centre for
Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This is the first empirical study that focused on attitudes towards two
varieties of Tamil, Literary Tamil (LT) and Standard Spoken Tamil (SST),
with the multilingual state of Singapore as the backdrop. The attitudes of
46 Singapore Tamil teachers towards speakers of LTand SST were
investigated using the matched-guise approach along with four-point
semantic differential attitude scales. The scales formed three dimensions
status, solidarity and social attractiveness; and three additional
distinct traits love for language, suitability for Tamil teaching and
suitability for media presentation. The teachers' perceptions of LT and
SST guises of two out of three speakers were found predominantly
comparable for all attitude dimensions (status, solidarity, and social
attractiveness) and two discrete attitude items (love for language and
suitability for Tamil teaching). Two speakers were rated lower when using
SST than when using LT in terms of perceived suitability for media
presentation. Tamil teachers' attitudes were influenced by the pitch and
pitch variation of the speakers' voice. Differences in teachers'
perceptions of SST and LT guises were detected primarily only for the
speaker whose voice has the highest pitch and highest pitch variation. The
same speaker was rated highest in all measures given above.

Keywords: bilingualism, language attitudes, matched guise, Singapore,
Standard Spoken Tamil, Tamil language

 2007 V. Saravanan et al.

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