Contemporary Chinese Discourse and Social Practice in China

| The University of Sydney
| The University of Sydney
ISBN 9789027201843 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268112 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Significant socio-political changes in China have had great impact on Chinese discourse. Changes to the discourse have become an increasing focus of scholarship. This book examines contemporary Chinese discourse and social practice in China with a focus on the role that language plays in the on-going transformation of Chinese society. With a view to producing new insights into the interdependence between discourse and social practice, this volume explores how discourse has been changing in a context-dependent way; how social practice can lead to shifts in the use of discourse; and how identities and attitudes are constructed through language use. Largely based on empirical studies, this book indicates that Chinese discourse has not only been an integral part of social change, but also Chinese discourse itself is changing, reflecting ideologies, values, attitudes, identities and social practice. The book is a great resource for scholars in diverse disciplinary studies including linguistics, communication, education, media and political studies concerning contemporary China.
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse, 4]  2015.  xvi, 223 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Andy Kirkpatrick
Contemporary Chinese Discourse from Sociolinguistic Perspectives
Wei Wang and Linda Tsung
Discourse and Ideology
Language and Power in China
Kerry Brown
Discourse and the Development of Public Sphere in China: A Law Case Study
Hailong Tian
Towards a Cultural Methodology of Human Communication Research: A Chinese example
Nation-State Building in a Rising China: PRC Discourses on the Chinese Language since the Turn of the 21st Century
Minglang Zhou
Language Ideology and Semiotic Negotiation in Mongolian Use
Naran Bilik
Identity and Attitude
Changing Attitude for Bilingual Education in Liangshan, China
Linda Tsung and Lubei Zhang
Co-construction of migrant workers’ identities on a TV talk show in China
Wei Wang
Identity Construction in Weibo Communication: Chinese overseas students’ experiences in Australia
Chong Han
Linguistic choices in the Chinese workplace: A language ecology perspective
Zuocheng Zhang and Yanyun Guo
Popular Spring Festival Gala Language: A Sociocultural Observation
Ge Wang
The discourse of unity in diversity in Contemporary China
Bai Yang and Linda Tsung
“Since YR Chao’s early forays into Chinese sociolinguistics and discourse analysis in the middle of the last century, research in these areas has come a long way. Today, one can find scholars working with Chinese data within almost every possible kind of discourse and conversation analysis. Linda Tsung and Wei Wang have done our field an invaluable service by bringing together eleven papers dealing with a broad and interesting range of topics in contemporary discourse analysis, and organizing them under the suggestive headings of ‘ideology’ and ‘identity’. Researchers and students of Chinese discourse will find this an indispensable reference and a most enjoyable read!”
“Tsung and Wang’s book is an important contribution to the study of Chinese discourse, especially in relation to the role it plays in the transformation of Chinese society. The book is exceedingly interesting and a timely collection of papers on the topic.”
“With its empirical focus and stress on the role of communication in social transformation this important new book discusses the large themes of ideology and identity in Chinese discourse.This is a vital discussion for anyone interested in China, but given the central role that China plays in our shared global future the volume assumes a much wider interest and relevance. We all have a stake in understanding more about the internal conversations of the Chinese and in participating in these in a more informed and collaborative way.”
“The significance of the book is multifaceted. The studies draw on a diversity of theories such as social linguistic theories, discourse theories of Foucault and Van Dijk, theories of critical discourse analysis, theories of political science, systemic functional linguistics, Habermas’ theory of public sphere, Peirce’s theory of semiotics, narrative theory and theory of language ecology. [...] The book is an inspiring resource for theorists and practitioners of discourse studies in general and Chinese discourse studies in particular. It is also a good resource for scholars and students of China and oriental studies, and offers an interesting reference for policy-makers and the public.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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