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What do we know about the languages of communities we might not identify with? Join us as we explore and unpack these questions.

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How can we understand multilingualism in Singapore? How has it changed and how has it been practised? What do we know about non-official languages? What do we know about the languages of communities we might not identify with? Join us as we explore and unpack these questions along with the newly published volume of Multilingual Singapore.

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  • Dr Ritu Jain, Lecturer, Language and Communication Centre, Nanyang Technological University Editor, NTU
  • Prof Ng Bee Chin, Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
  • Dr Luke Lu, Lecturer, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University

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Dr Chua Ai Lin, Executive Director, Singapore Heritage Society

About the Speakers

Ritu Jain is the editor of Multilingual Singapore: Language Policies and Linguistic Realities. She is also a lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is fascinated by the fields of language policy and planning, and language and identity. In her work, she examines the role of language education policy in the maintenance of minority and heritage languages, and the implications this has for language maintenance and shift. She is currently exploring the interplay of language and identity among the Indian language communities of Singapore.

Prof Ng Bee Chin is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her work is in the area of bilingualism and multilingualism with a focus on the impact of language contact on individuals and the community they live in. She explores the cognitive and social aspects of language use as well as the connection between the self and the social. She is currently working on language and emotion in multilinguals, language attitudes, identity and social categorisation and the communicative aspects of aging.

Dr Luke Lu is a Lecturer for Linguistics and Multilingual Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Before academia, he was a secondary school teacher. Luke completed a Linguistic Ethnography of academically elite students in Singapore, examining how they discursively positioned themselves to wider structures and discourses in local spaces. He is primarily interested in approaches to interactional sociolinguistics and ethnography, pertaining to issues such as transnational mobility, education, language rights, language planning and policy, and ethnicity.

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Chua Ai Lin is the Executive Director of the Singapore Heritage Society. She is also an independent researcher and consultant with substantial experience in academia, the public sector, private consultancy and civil society. Her interests extend to socially-engaged art and community development. She has a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK), as well as history degrees from the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore.

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