Contemporary Chinese Discourse and Social Practice in China by Linda Tsung, Wei Wang PDF

By Linda Tsung, Wei Wang

ISBN-10: 9027201846

ISBN-13: 9789027201843

Major socio-political adjustments in China have had nice influence on chinese language discourse. adjustments to the discourse became an expanding concentration of scholarship. This ebook examines modern chinese language discourse and social perform in China with a spotlight at the function that language performs within the on-going transformation of chinese language society. as a way to generating new insights into the interdependence among discourse and social perform, this quantity explores how discourse has been altering in a context-dependent method; how social perform can result in shifts within the use of discourse; and the way identities and attitudes are built via language use. mostly in line with empirical reports, this publication exhibits that chinese language discourse has not just been an essential component of social swap, but additionally chinese language discourse itself is altering, reflecting ideologies, values, attitudes, identities and social perform. The publication is a brilliant source for students in varied disciplinary experiences together with linguistics, conversation, schooling, media and political reviews bearing on modern China.

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These phrases were posited in highly repetitive campaigns in which they nodded a little to narratives of historic greatness, and carried positive feelings, but resisted overinterpretation and churlish deconstruction (Brown 2012). The excellent work carried out at the University of Hong Kong China Media Project by figures like Qian Gang have started this very necessary project of mapping key words used by elite figures in their prestigious documents conveying, 3. economist. com/news/united-states/21581745-how-republicans-and-democrats-use-language-war-words Chapter 2.

With so much transformation and experience of change within China since 1980, much of it fast and disruptive, there will be an intense need to have thought work, propaganda work, ideological management, management of public messages and explanations for the causes of the changes and the rationale behind them. Hu Jintao talked from 2007 onwards of an historic mission for the Party and the People’s Liberation 21 22 Kerry Brown Army of making China a rich strong country. The changes this had brought almost meant an accompanying mental change, a revolution in the way people viewed their own experiences as Chinese, and how they saw their part in this great transformation.

And it did work. Chinese politicians did this trick many decades ago with their ‘new democracy’ from the 1940s, and Mao’s seminal essays on this. But in the 21st century, the complex demands of a modernising and dynamic society need more precise linguistic strategies. This essay will look in detail at some of these key terms used by the leadership appointed at the 18th Party Congress in 2012. In particular it will look at the terms of reinforcement of the Party’s right to rule and continue to enjoyed its privileged role in society deployed by Xi Jinping, as the new Party leader, and comments by Liu Yunshan on the Party’s urgent need to control the means by which key power terms can be expressed and authority marked even as Chinese society is overwhelmed by discordant other voices and discourse competition.

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