Nationalism and Language Reform in China

by John DeFrancis

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950.

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  • Preface
  1. Introduction
    • Tens against Thousands
    • The West Shows the Way
  2. Nationalism: Unity through Uniformity
  3. Nationalism: Unity in Diversity
    • The Influence of the Soviet Union
    • New Languages for a Federated China
  4. Linguistic Dogma and Linguistic Science
    • Linguistic Method
    • The Monosyllabic Myth
    • The Problem of Tones
    • What Can Be Alphabetized?
    • Dialects or Languages?
    • What Kind of Script?
  5. The Script as a Problem of Nationalism
    • Language and Nationalism
    • The Script and National Unity
    • The Script and National Progress
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
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  • Characters for Footnotes
  • Index