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Tse, Shek-kam; Lam, Joseph Wai-ip; Loh, Elizabeth Ka-yee; Lam, Raymond Yu-hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
This study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Oral Language, Foreign Countries
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Humphreys, Gillian; Miyazoe-Wong, Yuko – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
In spite of long-standing political tensions between Japan and the People's Republic of China, Japanese remains a highly popular language to learn in Hong Kong. This is evidenced by the growth in number of Japanese-related courses and programmes offered at schools and universities in the Special Administrative Region. Although Japan is a dominant…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Political Issues
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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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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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Heylen, Ann – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2005
This paper offers a historical and sociolinguistic interrogation of Taiwanese to demonstrate the significance of language continuum in relation to identity formation. To this end, Taiwanese is discussed as a particular variety of language. Literacy practices in the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945) are contrasted with the precolonial and…
Descriptors: Nationalism, Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese
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Lai, Mee-ling – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2001
Examined the attitudes of Hong Kong secondary school students toward English, Cantonese, and Putonghua. Compared the language attitudes of two main groups of Hong Kong students, middle class elite and working class low achievers. Findings showed that the former group was more inclined to use English while the latter group was more inclined to use…
Descriptors: Cantonese, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Pan, Barbara Alexander – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1995
Examines patterns of language choice and code-switching behavior in the discourse of 10 families whose primary home language is Mandarin Chinese. Study results are interpreted with respect to parents' and children's differential tendencies to accommodate their speech to their interlocutor, and implications for the maintenance of minority home…
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Child Language, Code Switching (Language), Discourse Analysis
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Gupta, Anthea Fraser; Yeok, Siew Pui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1995
Discusses the major language shift in Singapore from the familial use of varieties of Chinese other than Mandarin towards the languages of education, English and Mandarin. An ethnographic study is presented of a Singaporean Chinese family that has moved from Cantonese to English, and the underlying pressures leading to this shift are examined. (19…
Descriptors: Cantonese, Code Switching (Language), Dialect Studies, English (Second Language)
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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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Hsiau, A-chin – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1997
Analyzes the official (Kuomintang) language policy in Taiwan, which had exalted Mandarin and suppressed other local languages, and the efforts during the last decade to revive Tai-yu, a major language in the post-war period. The dynamics of the Tai-yu language movement reveal a pressing problem facing Taiwan: how to balance national cohesion with…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Ideology
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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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Kwo, Ora W. Y. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1989
Explores the arguments surrounding the debate over the language of instruction in Hong Kong schools, and examines their practical implications. The rationale for stronger emphasis on Putonghua in the school system is discussed in detail, and the main options available to policymakers at both the institutional and territory-wide levels are…
Descriptors: Chinese, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Language of Instruction
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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
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Gaudart, Hyacinth; Penaflorida, Andrea H. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1996
Describes findings based on a self-rating scale by 38 teaching English as a second language (TESL) student teachers at a Malaysian university, responses to a self-rating scale by 20 TESL teachers, and case studies of 20 bilingual student teachers. Penaflorida's response focuses on strategies for dealing with learners with limited linguistic and…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Case Studies, Code Switching (Language), College Students
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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
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