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David Deterding

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625444

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625444.001.0001

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Morphology and Syntax

Morphology and Syntax

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(p.40) 3 Morphology and Syntax
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Singapore English
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David Deterding

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625444.003.0003

There is somewhat more difference in the ways inflectional suffixes occur in Singapore English when compared to the usage found in traditional varieties of English such as those of Britain or America. This chapter considers inflectional suffixes such as -ed in the past-tense form of the verb and -s in both the third-person singular present-tense form of the verb and the plural form of the noun. It also discusses other syntactic issues such as the occurrence of the modal verbs will and would, the occasional omission of the copula verb be, the use of the perfective, the meaning of till, relative pronouns, reduplication of words, invariant utterance-final tags, the incidence of extra prepositions, and finally the occurrence of null-subject structures.

Keywords:   inflectional suffixes, Singapore English, modal verbs, copula verbs, perfectives, till, relative pronouns, word reduplication, prepositions, null subjects

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