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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Title: Planning Chinese Characters
Subtitle: Reaction, Evolution or Revolution?
Written By: Shouhui Zhao
Richard B. Baldauf Jr.
URL: http://www.springer.com/978-0-387-48574-4
Series Title: Language Policy

*There is no other single overview of modern Chinese character development;
*Indicates that technology and character development are highly related,
opening a new research topic and perspective;
*All-inclusive review and evaluation of many different literatures on the
subject, in both English and Chinese;
*Presents the most comprehensive synthesis and analysis of major
developments in reforming programs in modernizing the Chinese writing system

This book presents the most comprehensive synthesis and analysis of major
developments in reforming programs in modernizing the Chinese writing
system. It traces the language policy and planning related developments for
Chinese characters, with particular emphasis on post-1950 period in the
People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the more recent challenges that
technology, and particularly the World Wide Web, have posed for the language.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0387485740
ISBN-13: 9780387485744
Pages: 440
Prices: U.S. $ 159.00
U.K. £ 96.00
Europe EURO 124.95