Simplifying Chinese characters: Not a simple matter

Zhao, Shouhui and Baldauf Jr., Richard B. (2011). Simplifying Chinese characters: Not a simple matter. In Joshua A. Fishman and Ofelia Garcia (Ed.), Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity 2nd ed. (pp. 168-179) New York, NY, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press.

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Author Zhao, Shouhui
Baldauf Jr., Richard B.
Title of chapter Simplifying Chinese characters: Not a simple matter
Title of book Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity
Place of Publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9780199837991
Editor Joshua A. Fishman
Ofelia Garcia
Volume number 2
Chapter number 14
Start page 168
End page 179
Total pages 12
Total chapters 37
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In this chapter we trace the trajectory of hanzi simplification movements. Out of three commitments to simplification in 1935, 1956, and 1977, only the 1956 Table of Simplified Characters was implemented end continues today. The First Scheme in 1935 was strangled in its cradle. The Second Scheme (1977), an extension of the 1956 Table of Simplified Characters, was stifled right after it was publicized and was formally abolished in 1986. Furthermore, starting from the mid-1980s, the 1956 table of Simplified Characters itself was seriously challenged by neoconservatives in the Hanzi Cultural Debate, and was criticized by information technology professionals as unsystematic. Through sociolinguistic analysis, this chapter endeavors to show that the limitations that have stemmed from socio-cultural-political dimensions have impacted on the ultimate success of this language-planning activity. Chinese Character reform is an historical phenomenon that should he judged in terms of its long-term consequences.
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