Chinese language arts

The role of language and linguistic devices in literary and artistic expressions

Authored by: Chu-Ren Huang , Kathleen Ahrens , Tania Becker , Regina Llamas , King-fai Tam , Barbara Meisterernst

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138650732
eBook ISBN: 9781315625157
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Chinese language arts is an emergent field. In this chapter, we first briefly introduce the definition of language arts and the special relevance and issues the Chinese language presents in this field. We continue with a discussion on Chinese linguistic devices for literary and artistic expressions. This linguistic discussion will be followed by sections introducing the use of language in various literary/artistic forms: cinema, drama/plays, word play and children’s literature. Lastly, a brief conclusion will point out that a unifying theme in all aspects of language arts is the tension between the oral or local languages and the official language.

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