Multilingualism in China - Zhou, Minglang
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Minglang Zhou's highly erudite and well-researched volume on the policies concerning writing reforms for China's minorities since 1949 provides an original and well-reasoned summary of a complex process. It documents how different script reforms meet dramatically different fates according to local preferences, history, cross-border ties, and the vitality of previously-used scripts. It convincingly shows that no single variable is decisive in the success of a script, and that language planners' fixation with technical details is doomed to failure, without careful coordination of extra-code…mehr

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Minglang Zhou's highly erudite and well-researched volume on the policies concerning writing reforms for China's minorities since 1949 provides an original and well-reasoned summary of a complex process. It documents how different script reforms meet dramatically different fates according to local preferences, history, cross-border ties, and the vitality of previously-used scripts. It convincingly shows that no single variable is decisive in the success of a script, and that language planners' fixation with technical details is doomed to failure, without careful coordination of extra-code factors. It also documents the little-known Sino-Soviet cooperation in the area of writing reforms. In a style accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, Zhou's book is of interest to language planners, sinologists, applied linguists, writing theorists, and ethnologists.
  • Produktdetails
  • Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] 89
  • Verlag: De Gruyter / De Gruyter Mouton
  • Seitenzahl: 484
  • Erscheinungstermin: 17. Juli 2003
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 160mm x 30mm
  • Gewicht: 804g
  • ISBN-13: 9783110178968
  • ISBN-10: 3110178966
  • Artikelnr.: 12248620
Autorenporträt
Minglang Zhou is Associate Professor at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, USA.