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Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics
by Ping Chen
The Chinese language, spoken by over one billion people, has undergone drastic changes over the past century. This book presents a comprehensive, up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late nineteenth century to the 1990s. It describes and analyzes in detail, from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the establishment and promotion of Mode ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Cambridge University Press
(first published March 31st 1995)
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I read this book in preparation for my oral exam in Chinese with the topic "The history of the Chinese language" and I ought to say it's a really remarkable book, stating accurately and in (socio)linguistical exactness the process of reforming the Chinese language step-by-step from the use of Classical Chinese in the past up to the stage we're in now (with simplified characters, Northern Mandarin as the standard dialect, Pinyin as the main romanization scheme etc.). It's not only an overview, it ...more