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Full Title: Globalization of Chinese

Location: College Park, Maryland, USA
Start Date: 02-May-2014 - 04-May-2014
Contact: Minglang Zhou
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Meeting URL: http://sllc.umd.edu/chinese/IACL22-NACCL26/EN/details
Meeting Description: Globalization of Chinese: Linguistic Variation in the Spread of the Standard Language
Symposium Dates: May 2-4, 2014
University of Maryland, College Park

In the globalization of Chinese, an extensive shift from Chinese dialects to Putonghua is seen in Chinese diaspora communities around the world, and at the same time, Putonghua, Pinyin Romanization, and simplified Chinese characters are used as the standard in global Chinese language education. This is similar to the promotion and spread of Putonghua in China. However, the spread of Putonghua in China leads to its vernacularization, such as Shanghai Putonghua, Guangzhou Putonghua, Uygur Putonghua, and more. Is the vernacularization happening to Putonghua globally as it does in China in the last two or three decades and as English have been experiencing globally in the last three centuries?

The symposium, to be held in conjunction with IACL-22 & NACCL-26, will include thematic panels for approximately 30 papers, a poster session for 10-15 undergraduate student papers, and a plenary roundtable with distinguished scholars. It will encourage investigation and analysis of vernacularization of the standard language in linguistic globalization in a cross-fertilized approach (across linguistic theory, sociolinguistic, SLA, and other subfields).
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
LL Issue: 24.3130

This is a session of the following meeting:
22nd Annual Conference of the IACL & 26th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics

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