Language Attitudes and Identities in Multilingual China: A Linguistic Ethnography by Sihua LiangLanguage Attitudes and Identities in Multilingual China: A Linguistic Ethnography by Sihua Liang

Language Attitudes and Identities in Multilingual China: A Linguistic Ethnography

bySihua Liang

Hardcover | December 18, 2014

Pricing and Purchase Info

$148.08 online 
$151.95 list price
Earn 740 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


These in-depth case studies provide novel insights in to the fast-changing language situation in multilingual China, and how it changes the meanings of language identity and language learning. This linguistic ethnographic study of language attitudes and identities in contemporary China in the era of multilingualism provides a comprehensive and critical review of the state of the art in the field of language-attitude research, and situates attitudes towards Chinese regional dialects in their social, historical as well as local contexts.

The role of language policies and the links between the interactional phenomena and other contextual factors are investigated through the multi-level analysis of linguistic ethnographic data. This study captures the long-term language socialisation process and the moment-to-moment construction of language attitudes at a level of detail that is rarely seen. The narrative is presented in a highly readable style, without compromising the theoretical sophistication and sociolinguistic complexities.  

Title:Language Attitudes and Identities in Multilingual China: A Linguistic EthnographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:202 pagesPublished:December 18, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319126180

ISBN - 13:9783319126180

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: Sociocultural and Sociolinguistic Backgrounds.- 1. Dialect Issues in Multilingual China: A Dog that has Barked.- 2. The Polictics and Sociolinguistics of Chinese Dialects.- Part II. Conceptual and Methodological Frameworks.- 3. Researching Language Attitudes in Multilingual China.- Part III. Becoming Members of a Multidialectal City.- 4. "Mother Tongues" of a Multidialectal City.- 5. Language Socialisation in Multidialectal Households: A Case Study.- 6. Translanguaging Practices in Multidialectal Groups.- Part IV. Putonghua and Regional Dialects at School.- 7. Language Socialisation in Educational Institutions.- 8. Teachers' Attitude Towards Dialects in School.- Part V. Discussion and Reflection.- 9. Problematizing the Monolingual Norm in a Multidialectal City.- 10. Schools in the Era of Multilingualism.- 11. Language Attitudes in Heteroglossia: Methodological Reflections.- Appendix one: The Students' Profiles.- Appendix two: The Schools and the Teachers' Profiles.- Index

Editorial Reviews

This book is a vivid and fascinating portrayal of how students and teachers in Guangzhou deal with the complexities of life in a multilingual environment. Rich in detail, it is also wonderfully clear and accessible to both scholars and general readers. Don Snow, English Language Center, Guangdong, China