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Constructing the Chinese Language: Linguistic Ideology, Culture, and Nation-State Politics

Tse, Holman (2003) Constructing the Chinese Language: Linguistic Ideology, Culture, and Nation-State Politics. Undergraduate Thesis, University of California - Santa Cruz.

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Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to critically examine “the Chinese language” and all of its variant forms as examples of language or linguistic ideologies, a term many linguistic anthropologists have used to describe conceptualizations of language and their perceived social function. More specifically, I adopt Judith Irvine and Susan Gal’s (2000) semiotic approach to language ideology by examining how it is reinforced through what they call iconicity, erasure, and fractal recursivity. Ideologies are articulated from many different sites and are often contested with competing ideologies. I will discuss how these ideologies inform current debates about language and writing system reform as well as efforts to promote a standard national language. Ultimately, this paper challenges the notion of the homogeneity of a Chinese identity and of a Chinese language.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Undergraduate Thesis)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tse, Holmanhbt3@pitt.eduHBT3
Date: June 2003
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of California - Santa Cruz
Institution: University of California - Santa Cruz
Degree: BA - Bachelor of Arts
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: language, ideology, language, and, national, identity, Chinese, language, writing, reform, –, China
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 13:29
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 13:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/25257

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