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Learning Chinese, Turning Chinese: Challenges to Becoming Sinophone in a Globalised World Edward McDonald

Learning Chinese, Turning Chinese: Challenges to Becoming Sinophone in a Globalised World

Edward McDonald

Published February 11th 2011
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264 pages
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In this book Edward McDonald takes a fresh look at issues of language in Chinese studies. He takes the viewpoint of the university student of Chinese with the ultimate goal of becoming sinophone: that is, developing a fluency and facility atMoreIn this book Edward McDonald takes a fresh look at issues of language in Chinese studies. He takes the viewpoint of the university student of Chinese with the ultimate goal of becoming sinophone: that is, developing a fluency and facility at operating in Chinese-language contexts comparable to their own mother tongue. While the entry point for most potential sinophones is the Chinese language classroom, the kinds of language and culture on offer there are rarely questioned, and the links between the forms of the language and the situations in which they may be used are rarely drawn. The author’s explorations of Chinese studies illustrate the crucial link between becoming sinophone and developing a sinophone identity – learning Chinese and turning Chinese.Including chapters on:relating text to context in learning Chinesethe social and political contexts of language learningmyths about Chinese characterslanguage reform and nationalism in modern Chinacritical discourse analysis of popular cultureethnicity and identity in language learning.This book will be invaluable for all Chinese language students and teachers, and those with an interest in Chinese linguistics, linguistic anthropology, critical discourse analysis, and language education.Edward McDonald is currently Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Auckland, and has taught Chinese language, music, linguistics and semiotics at universities in Australia, China, and Singapore.