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Title: China and Chinese, or Chingland and Chinglish?
Paper URL: http://www.esl-lounge.com/qiang-wolff-index.html
Author: Niu Qiang
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Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Author: Martin Wolff
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Institution: Xinyang Agricultural College
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics
Subject Language: English
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Abstract: Have recent developments in language policy begun to endanger the autonomy of China? /L//L/This article does not pretend to provide a solution to any pressing social, economic or political issue, nor does it rely upon any prior academic research for its suppositions. Instead, it is an attempt to spark public interest, analysis and debate on what may be the defining moment in the shaping and development of the new China as 'Chingland', with 'Chinglish' as its national language. 'Modernization' was one of the buzzwords of the recent 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. However, use of this term appeared to consistently imply 'Westernization'; there appeared to be a lack of clear differentiation (and appreciation of the difference) between the two terms. It is the perception of this lack that sparked the authors' interest in the subject matter of this article.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Publication Info: English Today, April 2003
URL: http://www.esl-lounge.com/qiang-wolff-index.html


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