The Chinese language, spoken by over one billion people, has undergone
drastic changes over the past century. This book presents a comprehensive
and up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late
nineteenth century up to the 1990s. It describes and analyses in detail,
from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the establishment and
promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese and Modern Written Chinese, and the
reform of the Chinese script, and reveals the interaction of linguistic,
historical and social factors in the recent development of the language.