Language Attitudes and Identities in Multilingual China

A Linguistic Ethnography

  • Sihua Liang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction: Sociocultural and Sociolinguistic Backgrounds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 11-33
  3. Conceptual and Methodological Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 37-65
  4. Becoming Members of a Multidialectal City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 69-89
    3. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 105-116
  5. Putonghua and Regional Dialects at School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 119-137
    3. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 139-149
  6. Discussion and Reflection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 153-168
    3. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 169-174
    4. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 175-182
    5. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 183-191
    6. Sihua (斯华) Liang (梁)
      Pages 193-198
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 199-202

About this book


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.  


Cantonese dialect and language identity Chinese dialects and Putongua education bilingual education in China discourse analysis Chinese dialects language diversity in China language education research in China linguistic anthropology in China monolingual norms and multilingual practice multilingual education in China sociolinguistic analysis for educational practice

Authors and affiliations

  • Sihua Liang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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