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Cambridge University Press
Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics

Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics

by Ping Chen, Ebrary Inc


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ISBN-13: 9780521641975
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/17/2007
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; 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; Notes; References; Index.

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Ellen Soulliere

Ping Chen's Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics is a very valuable book. Grounded in the tradition of Chinese philology and Western linguistics, Chen provides an unusually deft and clear-sighted synthesis and presentation of complex material. He creates and applies a series of conceptual frameworks for the description and analysis of the Chinese language. He marshals a wealth of detail which helps him to place linguistic issues in a wider social and historical context. His broad comparative perspective draws attention both to the features which Chinese shares with other languages, and those which are unique to the Chinese case... Chen Ping's thoughtful work sets a new standard for the discourse in English on the Chinese language. (Ellen Soulliere, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies)

Daniel Kane

Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics is an excellent book, placing the development of modern Chinese in its social and historical context... Until the publication of Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics, there was no comprehensible, serious, linguistically sophisticated analysis of such matters for students of Chinese... Its publication is a great step forward for Chinese language studies and linguistics. It should be prescribed reading for all advanced students. (Daniel Kane, Higher Education, The Australian)

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