[lg policy] Shanghai standardizes usage of language on public signs

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 14:48:16 EDT 2018

= Shanghai standardizes usage of language on public signs
* Source: Xinhua*|* 2018-08-30 21:31:26*|*Editor: Yamei*

SHANGHAI, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai is further standardizing language
usage on signs in the city's public spaces and scenic areas, aiming to
bring more convenience for both locals and tourists.

Local authorities and philologists inspected Mandarin and English-language
signs at the city's scenic areas, star-rated hotels, and tourist
information centers, on Thursday, aiming to discover and correct mistakes.

Shanghai has continuously strengthened the standard usage of both Mandarin
and English on public signs. However, there are still some incorrect words
and misleading phrases.

Accurate signs and polite manners will help enhance living and traveling
experiences in the city, according to Zhu Ye, deputy director of the
National Center for Foreign Language Planning and Policy at Shanghai
International Studies University.

Statistics showed that nearly 4.3 million overseas travelers and about 100
million domestic tourists visited Shanghai in the first half of 2018.
KEY WORDS:* China*

 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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