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Language and National Identity in Asia

ISBN : 9780199226481

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¥8,118
Author: 
Andrew Simpson
Pages
480 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
170 x 244 mm
Pub date
Aug 2007
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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.

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Contents
List of Maps
Notes on Contributors
1. Language and National Identity in Asia: A Thematic Introduction

PART I SOUTH ASIA
2. Bangladesh
3. India
4. Nepal and the Eastern Himalayas
5. Pakistan
6. Sri Lanka

PART II EAST ASIA
7. China
8. Hong Kong
9. Japan
10. North and South Korea
11. Taiwan

PART III SOUTHEAST ASIA
12. Burma/Myanmar
13. Cambodia
14. Indonesia
15. Malaysia
16. The Philippines
17. Singapore
18. Thailand and Laos
19. Vietnam

References
Index

About the author: 

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.

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