Language attitudes in the People’s Republic of China’s leading English-language newspaper, China Daily
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Since time immemorial, various governments in China have attempted to promulgate writing reforms and speech reforms in order to unite the nation, mostly for political gain. The aim of this paper is to discover and analyze some language issues in the People’s Republic of China, specifically attitudes and comments on spoken usage of Putonghua (also called Modern Standard Chinese), Shanghai dialect, Cantonese and English by researching China Daily’s online newspaper article archive. A few valid articles could be retrieved and they uncovered that Putonghua, Shanghai dialect and Cantonese are all considered prestigious in different regions of the country; furthermore, English is gaining support rapidly, especially in corporate China.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 28 p.
: language planning, the PRC, Putonghua, Shanghai dialect, Cantonese and English
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-7329DiVA: diva2:198058
Bolton, Kingsley, Professor
Johannesson, Nils-Lennart, Professor