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Billion Voices : China's Search for a Common Language (Paperback) (David Moser)

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Mandarin, Guoyu or Putonghua? "Chinese" is a language known by many names, and China is a country home to many languages. Since the turn of the century linguists and politicians have been on a mission to create a common language for China. From the radical intellectuals of the May Fourth Movement, to leaders such as Chiang Kai-shek, and Mao Zedong, all fought to push the boundaries of language reform. Now, internet users take the Chinese language in new and unpredictable directions. David Moser tells the remarkable story of China’s language unification agenda and its controversial relationship with modern politics, challenging our conceptions of what it means to speak and be Chinese.
Number of Pages: 120
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines, History
Series Title: Penguin Specials
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: David Moser
Language: English
Street Date: October 1, 2016
TCIN: 51700637
UPC: 9780734399595
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-1392
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