By Patrick Chin Leong Ng
This publication makes an unique contribution to the fields of sociolinguistics, language making plans coverage and chinese stories. It examines the effectiveness of the Singapore’s converse Mandarin crusade in altering the language use of dialect audio system in the direction of Mandarin.Singapore should be purely “a small crimson dot” and rarely noticeable at the world’s map. notwithstanding, its advanced and dynamic linguistic range and its quadrilingual academic method make it a different and engaging learn web site for studying planned language making plans at the a part of governmental experts. 2016 marks the thirty seventh anniversary of the communicate Mandarin crusade, a centred language-planning coverage geared toward altering the deeply entrenched sociolinguistic behavior of chinese language Singaporeans who're used to talking chinese language dialects. This publication offers a revealing replace on dialect audio system’ attitudes in the direction of the crusade via together with discussions and different similar matters similar to the new demand the revitalisation of chinese language dialects by way of more youthful dialect audio system, chinese language scholars’ angle in the direction of studying Mandarin in colleges, the encroachment of English in the house surroundings, the unfold and dominance of English within the neighborhood linguistic panorama, and the demanding situations of holding Mandarin as a language of use and choice.
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Census of population 2010. Singapore: Department of Statistics. Chapter 5 Quantitative Analysis: Reported Language Use and Attitudes Abstract The self-administered survey (henceforth SAS) is the main instrument used to examine the current attitudes of dialect-speakers towards the SMC. In this study, the SAS is used to report the language choice of dialect-speakers in the different domains of language use, their attitudes towards the status and functions of Mandarin, English, and the Chinese dialects, as well as their perceptions of the SMC as a planned language effort.
In addition, a high majority (75%) of respondents between the age of 21–30 neither agree nor disagree that Mandarin will have a superior status in future. 5% of respondents aged 12– 20 agree with the statement. This seems to conﬁrm the observation by Gupta (1994) that while Mandarin may be replacing dialects, its social status among younger Chinese Singaporeans is low, with few regarding Mandarin as a language with a superior status in society. 4 Comparison of Attitudes Toward English and Mandarin As mentioned in Chapter Two, both English and Mandarin are the two ofﬁcial languages in Singapore.
6% of respondents indicate that Mandarin will have a superior status in Singapore in the future (Q7). 6 Attitudes of respondents toward the status and functions of Mandarin Strongly Neither agree Agree (%) Agree (%) Nor disagree (%) Disagree (%) Disagree (%) Strongly Q7. 6 Q8. 8 Q9. 1 0 Q10. 4 language that accords them greater economic opportunity and career advancement. Despite ofﬁcial rhetoric that Mandarin is important for business dealings with China, a majority of dialect speakers still consider English as having a higher status than Mandarin.