Language and National Identity in Asia

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Language and National Identity in Asia is a comprehensive introduction to the role of language in the construction and development of nations and national identities in Asia. Leading scholars from all over the world investigate the role languages have played and now play in the formation of the national and social identity in countries throughout South, East, and Southeast Asia. They consider the relation of the regions' languages to national, ethnic, and cultural identity, and examine the status of and interactions between majority, official, and minority languages. Illustrated with maps and accessibly written this book will interest all those concerned to understand the dynamics of social change in some of the most important countries in the world. It will appeal to all those studying, researching, or teaching issues in Asian society, language, and politics from a comparative perspective.

Author Biography

Andrew Simpson is professor of linguistics in the Departments of Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures in the University of Southern California. For many years, he has lived, worked and carried out research in various countries in East, Southeast and South Asia, and has published extensively on a wide range of topics relating to Asian languages. Currently he is also joint general editor of the Journal of East Asian Linguistics.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Language and National Identity in Asia: a Thematic Introductionp. 1
South Asiap. 31
Bangladeshp. 33
Indiap. 55
Nepal and the Eastern Himalayasp. 84
Pakistanp. 100
Sri Lankap. 116
East Asiap. 139
Chinap. 141
Hong Kongp. 168
Japanp. 186
North and South Koreap. 200
Taiwanp. 235
Southeast Asiap. 261
Burma/Myanmarp. 263
Cambodiap. 288
Indonesiap. 312
Malaysia and Bruneip. 337
The Philippinesp. 360
Singaporep. 374
Thailand and Laosp. 391
Vietnamp. 415
Referencesp. 443
Indexp. 461
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