ISSN: IJSB: 2520-4750 (Online), 2521-3040 (Print) JSR : 2708-7085 (online)

Domestic Linguistic Distance in China

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Seoyeon Lee


This research delves into China’s linguistic landscape, exploring the intricate relationship between language policies and diversity. Despite being home to a vast population and numerous ethnic groups, China exhibits comparatively low linguistic diversity. Through a comprehensive analysis, this study examines the impact of language policies, focusing on constitutional guarantees, language laws, and educational initiatives. The research utilizes metrics developed by scholars such as Fearon and Greenberg to measure linguistic diversity and assesses the effects of policies on dialects, Putonghua, and minority languages. The findings highlight complex outcomes, including bidialectalism, the vernacularization of Putonghua, and challenges faced by minority languages. This exploration contributes to a deeper understanding of China’s linguistic dynamics and their implications for cultural diversity.

Keywords: Linguistic Diversity, Language Policies, Putonghua, Minority Languages, Bidialectalism.

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Title: Domestic Linguistic Distance in China
Author: Seoyeon Lee
Journal Name: International Journal of Science and Business
ISSN: ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)
Media: Online
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Issue publication (Year): 2023
Acceptance Date: 13/12/2023
Date of Publication: 15/12/2023
Free download: Available
Page: 67-74
First Page: 67
Last Page: 74
Paper Type: Research paper
Current Status: Published


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Seoyeon Lee (2023). Domestic Linguistic Distance in China. International Journal of Science and Business, 30(1), 67-74. DOI:

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Seoyeon Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Peking University, Beijing, China.


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