Chinese Sociolinguistics

This course guides its students to understand the complex interaction between linguistic practices and social and cultural stratifications in the Sino-phone world (including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Chinese diaspora communities in other parts of the world). It focuses on sociolinguistic aspects that are particularly salient in the Chinese context, such as language and dialect, place, gender, cross-cultural communication, language ideology, as well as language policy and planning.  It also strives to provide students with a comparative approach by incorporating studies on Chinese sociolinguistic and those based on languages such as English. In so doing, it hopes to encourage its students to reflect upon their everyday linguistic experience here in Arizona and compare that with what is happening in the Sino-phone world.

Course Rubric: 

CHN 485/585