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Itineracy immobilised: The linguistic landscape of a Singaporean hawker centre

Leimgruber, Jakob R. E.. (2018) Itineracy immobilised: The linguistic landscape of a Singaporean hawker centre. Linguistic Landscape, 4 (2). pp. 178-199.

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Abstract

A famous element in Singapore's food culture is the hawker centre, consisting of a large collection of individually-run stalls selling various kinds of foods and drinks. These centres, which dot the island and its public housing estates, were built on government initiative beginning in the 1970s, with the prime objective of sedentarising the large number of erstwhile itinerant street hawkers, based on a discourse of promoting 'cleanliness' inherent to the entire nation-building narrative of the country. The sedentarised hawkers, now divorced from their earlier way of life and often from their earlier neighbourhoods, had to start naming their businesses overtly. Some did so by including references to the geographical location of their earlier area of street hawking. The linguistic landscape of stall signboards in a hawker centre exhibits various attempts to come to terms with this immobilised itineracy.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Linguistics (Locher)
UniBasel Contributors:Leimgruber, Jakob R. E.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:John Benjamins
ISSN:2214-9953
e-ISSN:2214-9961
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:22 Nov 2018 15:15
Deposited On:22 Nov 2018 15:15

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