Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics

Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics

by Ping Chen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521641977

ISBN-13: 9780521641975

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book presents a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late nineteenth century up to the 1990s, concentrating on three major aspects: Modern Spoken Chinese, Modern Written Chinese, and the Modern Chinese writing system. It describes and analyses in detail, from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the…  See more details below

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This book presents a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late nineteenth century up to the 1990s, concentrating on three major aspects: Modern Spoken Chinese, Modern Written Chinese, and the Modern Chinese writing system. It describes and analyses 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. Through an integrated discussion of these three areas of the language, it highlights the close interrelationships between them and reveals the interaction of linguistic, historical, and social factors in the development of Modern Chinese.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521641975
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
1590L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
Pt. IModern Spoken Chinese5
2Establishment and promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese7
3Norms and variations of Modern Standard Chinese34
4The standard and dialects50
Pt. IIModern Written Chinese65
5Development and promotion of Modern Written Chinese67
6Norms and variations of Modern Written Chinese91
7Dialect writing114
Pt. IIIThe Modern Chinese writing system129
8Basic features of the Chinese writing system131
9Simplification of the traditional writing system148
10Phonetization of Chinese164
11Use and reform of the Chinese writing system: present and future191
12Conclusion202
Notes204
References210
Index222

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