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ERIC Number: ED126711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 3
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Language Planning in China.
DeFrancis, John
Language Planning Newsletter, v1 n2 p1, 5 Mar 1975
This article discusses language planning in the People's Republic of China, and opens by commenting on the difficulty in observing the language planning process in China, particularly in the area of decision-making. A brief history of language planning is provided. Following the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949, a shift took place from interest in the alphabetic writing of Chinese, including a separate writing of the main dialects, to the simplification of characters and the promotion of a standard language. The newly devised pinyin system of transcription was relegated to a secondary role. Important events that made for this shift are reviewed, including the establishment of the Bureau for the Promotion of Standard Language, and the government Committee for Research in Chinese Writing Reform. The history of the promotion of the standard language is examined, along with information concerning language planning, including publications, that was once available. Current available information concerning the implementation of various aspects of the language reforms is mentioned. The article concludes with remarks on the contact of foreign linguists, particularly Americans, with Chinese linguists and language planners. (CLK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. East-West Center.
Identifiers - Location: China