Learning Chinese, Turning Chinese: Challenges to Becoming Sinophone in a Globalised World - Asia's Transformations (Paperback)Edward McDonald (author)
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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 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.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm
"In the introduction, McDonald argues that much current discourse around Chinese teaching and learning - the 'commonsense' axioms prevalent in Chinese studies today - needs to be problematized and reconsidered. To address this issue, McDonald has produced a response that is both theoretically rich yet generally accessible to a wider audience of students, teachers, and scholars. Speakers of Chinese (sinophones) and especially learners of Chinese will find this book particularly intriguing, given the intersecting linguistic, historical, sociocultural and narrative accounts that are presented. In the larger sense, McDonald has provided a compelling argument about the need to deconstruct the problems and contradictions that are inherent in modern Chinese language programs and textbooks." - Tim Anderson, Chinese Language and Discourse 2:1
"I believe it to be an unusual and timely contribution to the field of Chinese Studies (or Sinology) and one that raises issues that will become increasingly critical as the reach of the "soft power" of the People's Republic of China seeks to stretch to correspond with that nation's burgeoning economic and political power." - Duncan M Campbell, The Australian National University; New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 13, 1 (June 2011)
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