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Cantonese As Written Language: The Growth of a Written Chinese Vernacular [Hardcover]

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Cantonese is the only dialect of Chinese which has developed a widely known and used written form. It has played a role in publishing in the Guangdong region since the late Ming dynasty when various types of verses using Cantonese were published as mu yu shu (wooden fish books). In the early twentieth century these dialect texts were joined by Cantonese opera scripts, published as popular reading material. However, it is only since the end of World War II that written Cantonese and a "mixed code" of standard written Chinese and written Cantonese has been widely used in popular newspapers and magazines, advertising, and in private communications. Cantonese as Written Language examines this development in the broader context of diglossia, and also of the patterns by which spoken vernaculars have developed written forms in other societies.

Based on primary source research, including interviews with publishers and writers who played an important role in the growth of written Cantonese, and original data on the Dialect Literature Movement in the 1940s, the author argues that this move of Cantonese into the realm of written language is closely associated with Hong Kongs distinct local culture and identity. The growth of the written vernacular also reflects the territorys evolving cultural autonomy from mainland China, as a British colony, and now as a Special Administrative Region of China.

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Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2005
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  962209709X  
ISBN13  9789622097094  

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More About Donald B. Snow

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Snow has degrees from the College of Wooster in History; Michigan State University, MA in Teaching English as a second language; and Indiana University, PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures. He has taught English at a number of institutions in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland, and U.S. He currently is a mission co-worker of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and seconded by them to the Overseas Coordination office of the Amity Foundation.

Donald B. Snow currently resides in Hong Kong. Donald B. Snow was born in 1954.

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4Books > Subjects > Reference > Dictionaries & Thesauruses > Foreign Language > Chinese
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6Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > Instruction > Chinese
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8Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > Linguistics

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