The Rise of Chinese as a Global Language

Prospects and Obstacles

Authors: Gil, Jeffrey

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  • Offers an analysis of the macro-acquisition of Chinese and its implications for the future of English as a global language
  • Draws together a wide range of existing and original data, including interviews with language learners
  • Places the current interest in Chinese language learning within the changing geopolitical context of today’s world
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This book investigates the macroacquisition of Chinese – its large-scale acquisition and adoption for various purposes by individuals, governments and organisations – and the implications of this process for the future of English as a global language. The author contextualises the macroacquisition of Chinese within the global ecology of languages, then analyses the factors responsible for the macroacquisition of Chinese, showing, in contrast to most academic and popular commentary, that a character-based writing system will not stop Chinese from becoming a global language. He then articulates three possible future scenarios: English remaining a dominant global language, English and Chinese both being global languages, and Chinese becoming a global language instead of English. The book concludes by outlining directions for further research on the acquisition and use of Chinese around the world. It will be of interest to students and scholars with an interest in English as a global language, Chinese as a second/foreign language, language education policy, and applied linguistics more generally.

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Jeffrey Gil is a Senior Lecturer in ESOL/TESOL at Flinders University, Australia. He has also taught at universities in China. Jeffrey has published widely on applied linguistics topics and is the author of Soft Power and the Worldwide Promotion of Chinese Language Learning: The Confucius Institute Project (2017).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rise of Chinese as a Global Language
Book Subtitle
Prospects and Obstacles
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-76171-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-76171-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-76170-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 186
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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