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Education & Language - Linguistics | Planning Chinese Characters - Reaction, Evolution or Revolution?

Planning Chinese Characters

Reaction, Evolution or Revolution?

Series: Language Policy, Vol. 9

Zhao, Shouhui, Baldauf, Richard B. Jr.

2008, XX, 418 p.

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  • There is no other single overview of modern Chinese character development
  • Indicates that technology and character development are highly related, opening a new research topic and perspective
  • All-inclusive review and evaluation of many different literatures on the subject, in both English and Chinese
  • Presents the most comprehensive synthesis and analysis of major developments in reforming programs in modernizing the Chinese writing system

The whole world has been watching the vast changes that are currently occurring in China, but few people are aware that at the same time, to ensure the writing system serves these changes well, Chinese characters have also undergone significant reform. While focusing on current problems, developments and possible solutions, this book also details the major implementation of language planning programs for the modernization of the Chinese writing system that have occurred over the last century.

The volume provides a broad and in-depth analysis of the conflict between one of the world’s oldest surviving script systems and the latest developments in communication technology. Comprehensive in coverage, interdisciplinary in structure, with copious references to assist readers in locating a wide range of resources, this book offers an analytic discussion of character planning that will prove of great value to language policymakers and those who are interested in China/East Asian studies and sinology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Alphabet - Chinese - Chinese characters - English - Hanzi - Lingua Franca - language - language planning - language policy - writing

Related subjects » Education & Language - Linguistics

Table of contents 

Prologue.- Making Hanzi Accessible.- Reflections on New Perspectives.- New Challenges for a Digital Society.- Standardization as a Solution.- Influencing Outcomes.- Envisioning the Future.- Some Critical Issues.

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