The Politics of Mandarin: Sociolinguistics and Education in China and Taiwan
This seminar will explore the sociolinguistic issues behind the establishment of Mandarin as the Standard Language of China and Taiwan. In this seminar we will explore the history of Mandarin and consider the following questions: How did Mandarin come to be the standard? How was the standard for Mandarin produced and promulgated through education? What are the roles of academia and government in spreading the standard? Who determines language used in the Chinese canonical works in traditional and modern China? No knowledge of Mandarin is needed to take this seminar, only the desire to know more about this fascinating language.