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Title: Variations in World Chineses
Authors: Lin, Jingxia
Shi, Dingxu
Jiang, Menghan
Huang, Chu-Ren
Keywords: Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Lin, J., Shi, D., Jiang, M., & Huang, C.-R. (2018). Variations in World Chineses. Huang, C.-R., Jing-Schmidt, Z. & Meisterernst, B. (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics.
Abstract: Although Mandarin Chinese is shared by Chinese communities such as Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, linguistic differences are frequently found among regional uses, ranging from pronunciation, orthography, vocabulary, grammar, and discourse. Along with the increasingly recognized notion of “World Chineses” in recent years, the study of the regional variations has also become more linguistically, socially, and culturally significant. Such a study facilitates more efficient communication among speakers of different varieties, reflects the social and cultural differences of the Chinese speaking communities from a linguistic perspective, and contributes to the theoretical discussion of language variation and change. With specific examples of the linguistic features exhibited in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore Mandarin Chinese, this chapter is an overview of the current studies, methodologies, and motivations of variation.
ISBN: 9781138650732
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: © 2018 Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. This paper was published in The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics and is made available with permission of Taylor & Francis.
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