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Language ideology in discourses of resistance to dominant hierarchies of linguistic worth: Mandarin chinese and chinese 'dialects' in Singapore

Tan, Sherman


In Singapore, government language policy promotes Mandarin as the official Chinese variety, while discouraging the use of other Chinese 'dialects'. This article examines Singaporean citizens' comments in blogs and discussion forums about the value and relevance of these stigmatised languages. Although these online discourses overtly contrast with state discourses in their positive evaluations of the non-Mandarin languages, both bodies of discourse presuppose a common ground of language...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1111/taja.12004


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