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Feng, Anwei; Adamson, Bob – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
In mainland China, most ethnic minority students today face the challenge of learning three languages in schools, namely, their home language (L1), Mandarin Chinese (L2) and a foreign language, usually English (L3). Research into trilingual education for minority groups has been most active since the turn of the twenty-first century. This paper…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Language Planning, Foreign Countries, Multilingualism
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Hsu, Hui-ju – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
This study adopted both indirect and direct methods to probe into Taiwanese people's attitudes towards Taigi. The indirect method involved a verbal guise experiment with four Taigi speakers--Old-H (higher competence), Old-L (lower competence), Young- H, and Young-L. Participants, including old and young, must complete a questionnaire indirectly…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Alienation, Age Differences, Foreign Countries
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Luqiu, Luwei Rose – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
The Internet is used to create a grassroots counter-hegemony force. However, how individuals can effect changes to the development of language policies, especially in contexts such as China, is understudied. This study analyses three different forms of online activities -- self-generating content, interaction, and discussion -- to demonstrate how…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Public Policy, Internet, Discourse Analysis
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Shang, Guowen; Zhao, Shouhui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
The selection of standards and norms constitutes the first and most important step for language standardisation. In this paper, we examine the standard establishment for Huayu (or Singapore Mandarin), a new Chinese variety that has emerged in Singapore as a result of centralised planning and inter-linguistic contact. Huayu is the officially…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Mandarin Chinese
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
Informed by family language policy (FLP) as the theoretical framework, I illustrate in this paper how language ideologies can be incongruous and language policies can be conflicting through three multilingual families in Singapore representing three major ethnic groups--Chinese, Malay and Indian. By studying their family language audits, observing…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Multilingualism, Family Relationship, Ethnic Groups
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Ng, Dana Funywe; Zhao, Juanjuan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2015
The People's Republic of China (PRC) has often been considered a monolithic, monolingual state but, in fact, it is linguistically and culturally diverse. Despite the size, there is still a lack of sociolinguistic studies on the Han Chinese in the PRC. Therefore, this study focuses on the language attitudes of Cantonese-speaking students in…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Mandarin Chinese, Sino Tibetan Languages, Public Policy
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Evans, Stephen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2014
This article presents the findings of a corpus-based study of the use of English vis-à-vis Cantonese and Putonghua in Hong Kong's Legislative Council in the past four decades. The objective of the study was to track the changing fortunes of the three languages in a key government institution during a period of unprecedented political, economic and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sino Tibetan Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Evans, Stephen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
This article explores the impact of Hong Kong's transition from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region on patterns of language use in the domain of professional employment. In particular, it presents the findings of a large-scale multifaceted investigation into the roles of Putonghua, Cantonese, written Chinese and English in the…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language)
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Groves, Julie May – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
Past research has tended to ignore the emergence or existence of "middle zone" varieties such as topolects or regiolects. In addition, attitudinal dynamics have received little attention, including their contribution towards the re-evaluation of the status of language varieties. Regarding the status of Cantonese, linguistic, political…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Dialects, Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes
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Sandel, Todd L.; Chao, Wen-Yu; Liang, Chung-Hui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2006
This study explored language shift and accommodation among bilingual Mandarin and Tai-gi (also called Hokkien, Holo, Tai-gu, Taiwan Min, Taiwanese) families in Taiwan. From the 1940s until the 1980s the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Taiwan promoted Mandarin Chinese. Recent years have witnessed a shift in policy: since 2001 elementary schools…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Bilingualism
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Young, Russell L. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1988
Surveys administered to 823 Chinese in Taiwan to measure the extent of language maintenance of mother dialects and shift toward use of Mandarin revealed a substantial shift toward the use of Mandarin. Successive family generations increasingly used Mandarin, and Mandarin was generally recognized as a common language for intergroup communication.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Japanese, Language Attitudes, Language Maintenance
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Yin, Bo; Baldauf, Richard B., Jr. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1990
Describes the situation of minority languages and Chinese dialects, discusses and analyzes language planning and language reform of spoken Chinese, summarizes language achievements made through China's educational system, and discusses the problems that remain for spoken language reform in China. (25 references) (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Chinese, Dialects, Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance
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Newman, John – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1988
Reviews the "Speak Mandarin Campaign," that is intended to persuade the Singaporean ethnic Chinese to use Mandarin in place of Chinese dialects. The purported educational, cultural, and practical advantages are discussed, and the support of higher education and the media is evaluated. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Chinese, Foreign Countries, Higher Education