Kiasu

  • Kim Ebensgaard Jensen

Resumé

This paper presents a study of grammatical usage patterns of the word kiasu in the GloWbE corpus of World Englishes. Kiasu has been borrowed from Hokkien into Singaporean and Malaysian English as a linguistic ‘glocalization’ process enabling speakers to verbalize an important local cultural schema. A grammatical profile is set up that draws on the techniques from linguistic profiling. This study identifies a range of patterns that illustrate how the interaction between grammar and lexis amount to specific semantic construals of the underlying cultural schema of the word.

Publiceret
2020-09-21
Citation/Eksport
Jensen, K. (2020). Kiasu. Ny Forskning I Grammatik, (27). https://doi.org/10.7146/nfg.v0i27.122129
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