Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora by Jing Tsu

Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora

Jing Tsu
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  • ISBN
    9780674055407 / 0674055403
  • Title Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora
  • Author Jing Tsu
  • Category Bilingualism & Multilingualism
    Sociolinguistics
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Year 2010
  • Pages 306
  • Publisher
    Harvard University Press
  • Imprint Harvard University Press
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 167mm x 27mm x 234mm

Annotation

What happens when language wars are not about hurling insults or quibbling over meanings, but are waged in the physical sounds and shapes of language itself? This title explores the global language trade, arguing that it aims at more sophisticated ways of exerting influence besides simply wielding knuckles of power.

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What happens when language wars are not about hurling insults or quibbling over meanings, but are waged in the physical sounds and shapes of language itself? Native and foreign speakers, mother tongues and national languages, have jostled for distinction throughout the modern period. The fight for global dominance between the English and Chinese languages opens into historical battles over the control of the medium through standardization, technology, bilingualism, pronunciation, and literature in the Sinophone world. Encounters between global languages, as well as the internal tensions between Mandarin and other Chinese dialects, present a dynamic, interconnected picture of languages on the move. In “Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora,” Jing Tsu explores the new global language trade, arguing that it aims at more sophisticated ways of exerting influence besides simply wielding knuckles of power.
Through an analysis of the different relationships between language standardization, technologies of writing, and modern Chinese literature around the world from the nineteenth century to the present, this study transforms how we understand the power of language in migration and how that is changing the terms of cultural dominance. Drawing from an unusual array of archival sources, this study cuts across the usual China-West divide and puts its finger on the pulse of a pending supranational world under 'literary governance.'

Review
“Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora” unveils a broad and many-splendored landscape of the modern Chinese language in theory and practice in all its dynamic manifestations. it both delineates and deconstructs the myth of a monolingual national language called Chinese. There is no sounder and more all-rounded study of the cultural richness and diversity of Chinese diaspora, which has reached, as this book has shown, nearly global proportions.—Leo Ou-fan Lee, author of otherhuptitle>Shanghai Modern“ and ”City Between Worlds""

Author Biography

Jing Tsu is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Yale University

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