New PDF release: A Study of Attitudes of Dialect Speakers Towards the Speak

By Patrick Chin Leong Ng

ISBN-10: 9811034419

ISBN-13: 9789811034411

ISBN-10: 9811034435

ISBN-13: 9789811034435

This ebook makes an unique contribution to the fields of sociolinguistics, language making plans coverage and chinese reviews. It examines the effectiveness of the Singapore’s communicate Mandarin crusade in altering the language use of dialect audio system in the direction of Mandarin.Singapore could be merely “a small pink dot” and rarely noticeable at the world’s map. in spite of the fact that, its complicated and dynamic linguistic range and its quadrilingual academic approach make it a different and interesting study web site for interpreting planned language making plans at the a part of governmental professionals. 2016 marks the thirty seventh anniversary of the communicate Mandarin crusade, a targeted language-planning coverage aimed toward altering the deeply entrenched sociolinguistic conduct of chinese language Singaporeans who're used to talking chinese language dialects. This booklet presents a revealing replace on dialect audio system’ attitudes in the direction of the crusade by way of together with discussions and different similar concerns equivalent to the hot demand the revitalisation of chinese language dialects by way of more youthful dialect audio system, chinese language scholars’ perspective in the direction of studying Mandarin in colleges, the encroachment of English in the house surroundings, the unfold and dominance of English within the neighborhood linguistic panorama, and the demanding situations of conserving Mandarin as a language of use and choice.

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5 The English-Knowing Bilingual School Policy However, by the late seventies, the unbridled dominance of English as an official and administrative language had become a cause of concern for the nation. This was expressed in the words of former President Wee Kim Wee: Singapore is wide open to external influences. Millions of foreign visitors pass through our country each year. Books, magazines, tapes, and television programs pour into Singapore every day. Most are from the developed West. The overwhelming bulk is in English.

However, the use of the Hanyu Pinyin to register the name of a newborn child was unpopular with Chinese parents who felt that the name of their child sounded differently when converted into Hanyi Pinyin. Many of them spoke up against the idea and eventually, the government decided to abolish the use of Hanyi Pinyin names. The campaign also targeted specific places. For example in 1983, the SMC was promoted in hawker centers and in the markets (PuruShotam 1998). MP and members of grassroots organizations such as the Citizens Consultative Committees, Community Centre Management Committees, and Resident Committees made several visits to the wet markets and hawker centers to distribute publicity materials in an effort to encourage dialect speakers within the local community to switch to speaking Mandarin instead of dialects.

In W. K. Ho, S. Gopinathan, A. Pakir, H. W. Kam, & V. ), Language, society and education in Singapore: Issues and trends (pp. 335–352). Singapore: Times Academic Press. Bokhorst-Heng, W. (1998). Language planning and management. In J. A. ), English in new cultural contexts (pp. 287–309). Singapore: Oxford University Press. Chinese Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee. (2004). Report of the Chinese language curriculum and pedagogy review committee. Singapore: Ministry of Education. -H.

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