Language Policy in the People’s Republic of China: Theory and Practice Since 1949

Front Cover
Minglang Zhou, Hongkai Sun
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 27, 2004 - Foreign Language Study - 343 pages
1 Review

Language matters in China. It is about power, identity, opportunities, and, above all, passion and nationalism. During the past five decades China’s language engineering projects transformed its linguistic landscape, affecting over one billion people’s lives, including both the majority and minority populations. The Han majority have been juggling between their home vernaculars and the official speech, Putonghua – a speech of no native speakers – and reading their way through a labyrinth of the traditional, simplified, and Pinyin (Roman) scripts. Moreover, the various minority groups have been struggling between their native languages and Chinese, maintaining the former for their heritages and identities and learning the latter for quality education and socioeconomic advancement.

The contributors of this volume provide the first comprehensive scrutiny of this sweeping linguistic revolution from three unique perspectives. First, outside scholars critically question the parities between constitutional rights and actual practices and between policies and outcomes. Second, inside policy practitioners review their own project involvements and inside politics, pondering over missteps, undergoing soul-searching, and theorizing their personal experiences. Third, scholars of minority origin give inside views of policy implementations and challenges in their home communities. The volume sheds light on the complexity of language policy making and implementing as well as on the politics and ideology of language in contemporary China.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

worth reading through

Contents

VI
1
VII
19
VIII
21
IX
45
X
55
XI
71
XII
97
XIII
99
XX
219
XXI
221
XXII
239
XXIII
257
XXIV
277
XXV
289
XXVI
303
XXVII
317

XIV
123
XV
143
XVI
163
XVII
177
XVIII
179
XIX
201
XXVIII
319
XXIX
331
XXX
333
XXXI
339
Copyright

Common terms and phrases