Significant socio-political changes in China have had great impact on Chinese discourse. Changes to the discourse have become an increasing focus of scholarship. This book examines contemporary Chinese discourse and social practice in China with a focus on the role that language plays in the on-going transformation of Chinese society. With a view to producing new insights into the interdependence between discourse and social practice, this volume explores how discourse has been changing in a context-dependent way; how social practice can lead to shifts in the use of discourse; and how identities and attitudes are constructed through language use. Largely based on empirical studies, this book indicates that Chinese discourse has not only been an integral part of social change, but also Chinese discourse itself is changing, reflecting ideologies, values, attitudes, identities and social practice. The book is a great resource for scholars in diverse disciplinary studies including linguistics, communication, education, media and political studies concerning contemporary China.
1. List of contributors; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Foreword (by Kirkpatrick, Andy); 4. Contemporary Chinese Discourse from Sociolinguistic Perspectives (by Wang, Wei); 5. Discourse and Ideology; 6. Language and Power in China (by Brown, Kerry); 7. Discourse and the Development of Public Sphere in China: A Law Case Study (by Tian, Hailong); 8. Towards a Cultural Methodology of Human Communication Research: A Chinese example (by Shi-xu); 9. Nation-State Building in a Rising China: PRC Discourses on the Chinese Language since the Turn of the 21st Century (by Zhou, Minglang); 10. Language Ideology and Semiotic Negotiation in Mongolian Use (by Bilik, Naran); 11. Identity and Attitude; 12. Changing Attitude for Bilingual Education in Liangshan, China (by Tsung, Linda); 13. Co-construction of migrant workers' identities on a TV talk show in China (by Wang, Wei); 14. Identity Construction in Weibo Communication: Chinese overseas students' experiences in Australia (by Han, Chong); 15. Linguistic choices in the Chinese workplace: A language ecology perspective (by Zhang, Zuocheng); 16. Popular Spring Festival Gala Language: A Sociocultural Observation (by Wang, Ge); 17. The discourse of unity in diversity in Contemporary China (by Yang, Bai); 18. Index