A Study of Attitudes of Dialect Speakers Towards the Speak by Patrick Chin Leong Ng

By Patrick Chin Leong Ng

This ebook makes an unique contribution to the fields of sociolinguistics, language making plans coverage and chinese reports. It examines the effectiveness of the Singapore’s communicate Mandarin crusade in altering the language use of dialect audio system in the direction of Mandarin.Singapore should be merely “a small pink dot” and infrequently obvious at the world’s map. notwithstanding, its advanced and dynamic linguistic range and its quadrilingual academic approach make it a different and interesting examine web site for interpreting planned language making plans at the a part of governmental experts. 2016 marks the thirty seventh anniversary of the converse Mandarin crusade, a targeted language-planning coverage geared toward altering the deeply entrenched sociolinguistic behavior of chinese language Singaporeans who're used to conversing chinese language dialects. This publication presents a revealing replace on dialect audio system’ attitudes in the direction of the crusade by way of together with discussions and different similar concerns equivalent to the new demand the revitalisation of chinese language dialects by means of more youthful dialect audio system, chinese language scholars’ angle in the direction of studying Mandarin in faculties, the encroachment of English in the house surroundings, the unfold and dominance of English within the neighborhood linguistic panorama, and the demanding situations of protecting Mandarin as a language of use and choice.

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35–58). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Department of Statistics. (2006). Singapore: Ministry of Trade and Industry. singstat. sg. Accessed 2012. Gopinathan, S. (1998). Language policy changes 1979-1997: Politics and pedagogy. In S. Gopinathan, A. Pakir, W. K. Ho, & V. ), Language, society and education in Singapore: Issues and trends (pp. 35–58). Singapore: Times Academic Press. Gupta, A. (1994). A framework for the analysis of Singapore English. In Gopinathan et al. ), Language, society and education in Singapore: Issues and trends (pp.

5% of respondents agree that Chinese Singaporeans need Chinese dialects to preserve Chinese culture (Q33). Although dialects have low instrumental functions, there are still a fairly large number of elderly dialect speakers who regard dialects as an important agent for cultural transmission. It must be remembered that Chinese dialects have long been the communicative tools in oral interactions since early Chinese immigrants from China arrived in Singapore in the nineteenth century. The older generation of Chinese grew up speaking their dialects and believed that their dialects are the core markers of their Chinese identity.

Department of Statistics. (2010). Singapore: Ministry of Trade and Industry. singstat. sg. Accessed 23 Sept 2012. Gopinathan, S. (1998). Language policy changes 1979-1997: Politics and pedagogy. In W. K. Ho, S. Gopinathan, A. Pakir, H. W. Kam, & V. ), Language, society and education in Singapore: Issues and trends (pp. 19–44). Singapore: Times Academic Press. Ho, C. , & Alsagoff, L. (1998). English as the common language in multicultural Singapore. In J. ), English in new cultural contexts (pp.

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