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Modern Chinese
History and Sociolinguistics

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  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521641975

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  • The Chinese language, spoken by over one billion people, has undergone drastic changes over the past century. This book presents a comprehensive, up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late nineteenth century to the 1990s. It describes and analyzes in detail, from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the establishment and promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese and Modern Written Chinese, and the reform of the Chinese script, and reveals the interaction of linguistic, historical and social factors in the recent development of the language.

    • A book-length treatment of the drastic changes that have occurred in the Chinese language over the past 150 years, analysing the linguistic, historical and social factors involved
    • Many of the topics are treated here for the first time in English
    • Discusses variation, diglossia and biligualism in Chinese society, the promotion of Modern Spoken and Written Chinese, dialect writing, and the simplification of Chinese script
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Ping Chen's account of the history of standard Chinese is interesting and thought-provoking...a rich, valuable, and important addition to the basic literature in the field of Chinese linguistics. The book will be of great interest both to students who seek an introduction to the nature of Modern Chinese in its sociolinguistic aspects and to specialists who wish to delve further into any of those aspects." Anthropological Linguistics

    "Modern Chinese whets our appetite for more and better analysis of language change. Until recently, the study of Chinese sociolinguistics has beed neglected because of politics. Chen's unprecedented attention to sociolinguistics opens up insights on language and social relationships that are just now beginning to be explored." Language in Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521641975
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.515kg
    • contains: 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Modern Spoken Chinese:
    2. Establishment and promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese
    3. Norms and variations of Modern Standard Chinese
    4. The standard and dialects
    Part II. Modern Written Chinese:
    5. Development and promotion of Modern Written Chinese
    6. Norms and variations of Modern Written Chinese
    7. Dialect writing
    Part III. The Modern Chinese Writing System:
    8. Basic features of the Chinese writing system
    9. Simplification of the traditional writing system
    10. Phonetization of Chinese
    11. Use and reform of the Chinese writing system: present and future
    12. Conclusion

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Chinese Language Script
  • Author

    Ping Chen, University of Queensland

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