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Soft power struggles: A diasporic perspective on the competing ideologies and innovative practices regarding the Chinese writing system

Wei, L; Hua, Z; (2021) Soft power struggles: A diasporic perspective on the competing ideologies and innovative practices regarding the Chinese writing system. Journal of Sociolinguistics , 25 (5) pp. 737-753. 10.1111/josl.12535. Green open access

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Abstract

This critical essay aims to assess the linguistic ideologies regarding the Chinese writing system by locating them in historical and diasporic contexts and the new digital communication space. Drawing data from a long-term and ongoing digital ethnography of online communication and creative Sinographs in the global Chinese diaspora, it analyses how multilingual Chinese language users manipulate the affordances of the writing system in combination with the affordances of new, digital communication platforms to challenge the dominant language ideologies and policies, to articulate a new sense of transnationalism, and to participate in social activism. It argues that the diasporic perspective is not simply a context for the study of language variation and change but a crucial space for radical new thinking and actions that challenge orthodoxies of various kinds and enables cultural flow as well as social participation at a global scale.

Type: Article
Title: Soft power struggles: A diasporic perspective on the competing ideologies and innovative practices regarding the Chinese writing system
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/josl.12535
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/josl.12535
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. Journal of Sociolinguistics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: CantoManto, Chinese diaspora, language ideology, linguistic innovation, Sinograph, Tranßcripting
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141291
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