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ERIC Number: EJ1024020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Towards a Theory of Vernacularisation: Insights from Written Chinese Vernaculars
Snow, Don
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v34 n6 p597-610 2013
This paper examines the history of four Chinese vernaculars which have developed written forms, and argues that five of the patterns Hanan identifies in the early development of Bai Hua can also be found in the early development of written Wu, Cantonese, and Minnan. In each of the cases studied, there is a clear pattern of early use of the vernacular being sanctioned by the following factors: (1) a tie to oral literature; (2) use in texts written for less literate audiences; (3) a tie to low prestige domains; (4) association with groups that have little fealty to the dominant culture; and (5) use in new genres, where conventions are not already set. The strength of these patterns, found in cases that differ in both social and historical setting, suggests that they are rooted in inherent attributes of L varieties in diglossic situations, and that similar patterns may well be found in other cases where L varieties begin developing written forms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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