Tongue-Tied in Singapore: A Language Policy for Tamil?. Harold F. Schiffman Dept. of South Asia Studies University of Pennsylvania. Introduction: Tamil situation in Singapore:. Lends itself ideally to the study of minority language maintenance:
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Harold F. Schiffman
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
1.duurdarshan used, even in Tamilnadu, for government television broadcasting originating in New Delhi. Example: itu duurdarshan. "This is (the Indian government television broadcasting system)".
2. tolaikaaTci is used for television broadcasts originating in Madras, and also term used for television in Singapore.
3. 'television', pronounced TelaviSan, is used by many educated people, often to refer to the concept of television, even when speaking Tamil, e.g. TeleviSion vandadukku munnaale, rediyoo taan irundadu. 'Before there was television, there was only radio.’
4. TV, pronounced Tiiviiis also used widely in spoken Tamil. naan ungaLeTiiviile paatteen 'I saw you on TV'.
5. paTapoTTiused by uneducated people, from paTam 'picture' and poTTi 'box', modeled on earlier folk work for radio.
Why do Singapore Tamils want Tamil to be Taught?
Egalitarianism does not necessarily lead to equal outcomes: