By Patrick Chin Leong Ng
This e-book makes an unique contribution to the fields of sociolinguistics, language making plans coverage and chinese reports. It examines the effectiveness of the Singapore’s communicate Mandarin crusade in altering the language use of dialect audio system in the direction of Mandarin.Singapore should be in simple terms “a small purple dot” and infrequently seen at the world’s map. even if, its complicated and dynamic linguistic variety and its quadrilingual academic approach make it a different and interesting learn web site for studying planned language making plans at the a part of governmental specialists. 2016 marks the thirty seventh anniversary of the converse Mandarin crusade, a centred language-planning coverage aimed toward altering the deeply entrenched sociolinguistic behavior of chinese language Singaporeans who're used to talking chinese language dialects. This e-book presents a revealing replace on dialect audio system’ attitudes in the direction of the crusade by means of together with discussions and different comparable concerns equivalent to the new demand the revitalisation of chinese language dialects through more youthful dialect audio system, chinese language scholars’ perspective in the direction of studying Mandarin in faculties, the encroachment of English in the house setting, the unfold and dominance of English within the neighborhood linguistic panorama, and the demanding situations of protecting Mandarin as a language of use and choice.
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1007/978-981-10-3443-5_4 25 26 4 Review of Literature on the Speak Mandarin Campaign (SMC) Committee, Residents’ Committee, and some Chinese civic/clan organizations. In addition, various organizations in the media were also involved in the promotion of the campaign such as Lianhe Zaobao (local Chinese newspaper), the Redifusion (S) Pte Ltd. , and The Straits Times (1975) Ltd. , Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations. Other organizations included various ministries from the public sector such as the Chinese Language and Research Centre, the Hawkers Department, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Education, the People’s Association and the Public Utilities Board.
Parents in Singapore are pragmatic and instead of the Chinese dialects, they prefer their children to be proﬁcient in English or Mandarin. The SAS also aims to investigate whether parents are willing to transmit dialects to their children (Q31). As mentioned by Kaplan and Baldauf (1997), the survival of a language greatly depends on the willingness of the parents to transmit the language. If parents are unwilling to transmit dialects to their children, it is likely that in future, the use of dialects will decline within the community.
The results of the SSI also showed that a majority of informants supported the ofﬁcial arguments for the implementation of the SMC. A majority of dialect speakers agree that Mandarin is necessary to help Chinese Singaporeans preserve their Chinese culture and identity (the cultural argument). Most dialect speakers also accept the government’s ascription of Mandarin as the ofﬁcial tongue mother tongue of all Chinese in Singapore.
A Study of Attitudes of Dialect Speakers Towards the Speak Mandarin Campaign in Singapore by Patrick Chin Leong Ng