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Li, Jian – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
This article investigates 90 Shanghainese participants' cross-generational use and knowledge of 140 English loanwords in Shanghainese which are deemed as an important part of Shanghai Regional Culture (SRC). The quantitative results reveal that the older participants use and know much more of English loanwords than the younger ones, and that many…
Descriptors: Linguistic Borrowing, English (Second Language), Age Differences, Verbs
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Chan, Jim Yee Him – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
With increasing global demand for English and Chinese language education, the existence of linguistic variation in (and varieties of) both languages has focused scholarly attention on the choice of language standards, norms and models. Using in-depth focus group interviews, this study compared bilingual learners' choice of English and Putonghua…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Shang, Guowen; Zhao, Shouhui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
The selection of standards and norms constitutes the first and most important step for language standardisation. In this paper, we examine the standard establishment for Huayu (or Singapore Mandarin), a new Chinese variety that has emerged in Singapore as a result of centralised planning and inter-linguistic contact. Huayu is the officially…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Mandarin Chinese
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Liu, Dorinda Tsai-Hsiu; Chang, Ying-Hwa; Li, Paul Jen-Kuei; Lin, Ji-Ping – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2015
This study covers two issues: (1) the language shift process relating to two highly endangered aboriginal languages of Taiwan and (2) the correlations between some variables and their language shift. Both Kanakanavu and Saaroa peoples underwent two waves of migration: (1) a massive in-migration of another Formosan ethnic group (Bunun people) in…
Descriptors: Language Skill Attrition, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Correlation
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Groves, Julie May – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
Past research has tended to ignore the emergence or existence of "middle zone" varieties such as topolects or regiolects. In addition, attitudinal dynamics have received little attention, including their contribution towards the re-evaluation of the status of language varieties. Regarding the status of Cantonese, linguistic, political…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Dialects, Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes
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Tse, Shek-kam; Lam, Joseph Wai-ip; Loh, Elizabeth Ka-yee; Lam, Raymond Yu-hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
This study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Oral Language, Foreign Countries
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Heylen, Ann – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2005
This paper offers a historical and sociolinguistic interrogation of Taiwanese to demonstrate the significance of language continuum in relation to identity formation. To this end, Taiwanese is discussed as a particular variety of language. Literacy practices in the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945) are contrasted with the precolonial and…
Descriptors: Nationalism, Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese
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Gupta, Anthea Fraser; Yeok, Siew Pui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1995
Discusses the major language shift in Singapore from the familial use of varieties of Chinese other than Mandarin towards the languages of education, English and Mandarin. An ethnographic study is presented of a Singaporean Chinese family that has moved from Cantonese to English, and the underlying pressures leading to this shift are examined. (19…
Descriptors: Cantonese, Code Switching (Language), Dialect Studies, English (Second Language)