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Codó, Eva; Sunyol, Andrea – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
Mandarin Chinese is the fastest growing foreign language by number of students in the world [Ding and Saunders 2006. "Talking up China: An Analysis of China's Rising Cultural Power and Global Promotion of the Chinese Language." "East Asia" 23 (2): 3-33], but little is known about how it is taking hold in compulsory education in…
Descriptors: International Schools, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Second Language Learning
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Gao, Fang; Lai, Chun; Halse, Christine – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
How migrants, refugees and minority groups acquire a sense of belonging in their adopted society is a concern for nations worldwide as they aim to balance the diversity and inclusion of growing numbers of migrants with ensuring harmony and cohesion across society. In postcolonial Hong Kong, the population diversity is accompanied with a swift…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Multilingualism, Second Languages, Foreign Countries
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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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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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Gu, Mingyue Michelle – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This paper investigates the identity construction and language practice of a group of mainland Chinese immigrant students studying at a secondary school in Hong Kong, and explores the underlying reasons for, as well as the individual and group identities derived from, those language choices and practices. The data were collected through…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Ideology, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Lai, Mee Ling – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
As it entered the second decade of the postcolonial era, Hong Kong had undergone significant socio-economic changes which had impacted students' perceptions of cultural identity and their language attitudes. This study, conducted in 2009, reports on an investigation into the related perceptions of the postcolonial generation who grew up in Hong…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes, Official Languages, Foreign Countries
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Tong, Ho Kin; Cheung, Lin Hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This paper attempts to define cultural globalisation and cultural glocalisation in terms of cultural identity (CI) and language. Homogenisation, heterogenisation and glocalisation are three possible ways to face the challenge of cultural globalisation but glocalisation may be the most realistic solution as it seems to be the way to a better…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Quality of Life, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese
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Gu, Mingyue – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
Informed by linguistic ecological theory and the notion of identity, this study investigates language uses and identity construction in interactions among students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds in a multilingual university. Individual and focus-group interviews were conducted with two groups of students: Hong Kong (HK) and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Multilingualism, Group Dynamics, Self Concept
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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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Low, Hui Min; Nicholas, Howard; Wales, Roger – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
This paper reports the findings of a survey of 100 mothers of Chinese children aged between 6 and 36 months from middle to upper-middle socio-economic backgrounds in Penang, Malaysia. The findings include the language backgrounds of these mothers, their contextual uses of multiple languages and their language choices with their children. Through…
Descriptors: Mothers, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Profiles
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Rajah-Carrim, Aaliya – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2005
Twelve languages--including the two prestigious colonial languages, English and French, a French-based creole and "ancestral" languages, such as Hindi and Mandarin--are spoken on the multiethnic island Mauritius. Given the multilingual and multiethnic nature of the nation, linguistic practices are an important way for Mauritians to…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Creoles, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries
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Talib, Ismail S. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1994
Increased use of English in Singapore, a multiracial, multilingual country, especially its use for cultural purposes, has met with some controversy. This article traces the historical development of Singaporean literature in English and the sociocultural and political problems such literature faces in a country where the official languages and…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism