The impact of information and communication technology on Chinese language life

Authored by: Jingwei Zhang , Daming Xu

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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Building on existing studies in Chinese language life, the chapter discusses the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on Chinese languages, Chinese language educations and language services in China. The introduction of the Web, CMC, new media and NLP has affected language use and promoted language changes, including spreading Internet language to offline use, developing new styles of language use and challenging the existing norms of language. The use of ICT in language education affected the teaching and learning Chinese as a second language both inside and outside China and it also affects foreign language education in China. ICT also plays a role in language documentation, language revitalization and the advancement of language industries such as translation services.

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