A Study of Attitudes of Dialect Speakers Towards the Speak by Patrick Chin Leong Ng

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This booklet makes an unique contribution to the fields of sociolinguistics, language making plans coverage and chinese reviews. 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 will be in basic terms “a small pink dot” and infrequently noticeable at the world’s map. in spite of the fact that, its complicated and dynamic linguistic variety and its quadrilingual academic procedure make it a distinct and interesting examine web site for reading planned language making plans at the a part of governmental professionals. 2016 marks the thirty seventh anniversary of the converse 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 presents a revealing replace on dialect audio system’ attitudes in the direction of the crusade through together with discussions and different comparable matters reminiscent of the hot demand the revitalisation of chinese language dialects by means of more youthful dialect audio system, chinese language scholars’ angle in the direction of studying Mandarin in faculties, the encroachment of English in the house setting, the unfold and dominance of English within the neighborhood linguistic panorama, and the demanding situations of conserving Mandarin as a language of use and choice.

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The results show that 11% of dialect-speakers within the sample community continue to speak dialects at hawker centres while 58% of dialect-speakers continue to communicate in dialects with parents. However, it is interesting to note that only a small percentage of dialect speakers use dialects in other domains: Close friends (3%), Colleagues/classmates (3%) and Shopping centres (5%). 2 Attitude of Respondents Toward Mandarin As stated by Rubin and Jernudd (1971), the success of language planning is evident through the positive attitudes displayed by the target members towards the planned language product.

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