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Title: Industrialization and the Restructuring of Speech Communities in China and Europe
Edited By: Marinus van den Berg
Daming Xu
Description:

The book documents the changing language situation in urban centres in
China, gauging the impact of industrialization and the consequent population
movement on forms of language communication. Research reports detailing
aspects of the new and emerging language situation demonstrate the
interplay of the Chinese standard language, Putonghua, and various Chinese
dialects. Urban areas covered are Baotou (Inner Mongolia), Jintan (Jiangsu),
Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hainan island. The Chinese transition to an
industrial society is contrasted with post-industrialized societies in Europe.
The latter are represented by studies of the Dutch and German language
situation. The empirical studies are preceded by an overview of China’s
language planning efforts, an analysis of the position of the Chinese language
in the World Language System, a comparison of Chinese and European urban
environments, an introduction of the Chinese Dialect Preservation Project,
and an experimental study of the mutual intelligibility between Chinese
dialects. The contributions are all original and they address current issues in
the Chinese language situation, exemplifying innovative applications and
development of sociolinguistic theories. The book therefore is a must-read for
linguists, sociolinguistics, Chinese language students and China experts.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781443823807
Pages: 335
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