[lg policy] bibitem: Language Policy in the People's Republic of China: Theory and Practice since 1949

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 6 14:34:07 UTC 2011

Language Policy in the People's Republic of China: Theory and Practice
since 1949
ISBN: 1402080387

Language Policy in the People's Republic of China: Theory and Practice
since 1949 (Language Policy)
Springer | 346 pages | 2003 | ISBN: 1402080387 | PDF | 5.52 mb

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.

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