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A Social View on the Chinese Language

Jerome L. Packard

A Social View on the Chinese Language is intended to be a general linguistic introduction to the Chinese language for the general reader and can be used in beginning-level Chinese linguistics courses. It is different from other Chinese linguistics surveys because, in addition to the usual areas of interest (such as the Chinese dialects, the history of the language, the characters and the grammar), it offers a view into linguistic phenomena that are also related to human behavior and society, such as how Chinese children and US college students learn Chinese, how the brain processes Chinese, the genetic origins of Chinese, language disorders and language loss in Chinese, differences in Chinese language use in different social groups, studies of Chinese reading and psycholinguistic aspects of Chinese language use.
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For all acknowledgements, I do not wish to imply that the persons I thank for helping me would necessarily agree with what I have written. I would first like to thank my brother Perry Packard for all of his helpful conceptual and editorial feedback. Thanks also to Neil Kubler, Bill Baxter, Kevin Miller, Richard Sproat, Shengli Feng, Yaching Tsai and San Duanmu for valuable feedback on the manuscript and help with references. I also want to thank my students Pao-Yuan Chen, Judy Mu, Nobuko Chikamatsu, Taiyuan Tseng, Becky Chen, Liwei Gao, Li-jen Kuo, Fuyun Wu, Dora Lu, Chenwei Zhao, Zhijun Wang, Zhiying Audrey Qian, Sun-A Kim, Yun Yao, Hang Zheng, Junghwan Maeng, You Li and Yihan Zhou, and also Kailu Guan and Yuyun Lei, for playing a role in my development as a scholar and for help with Chinese language and feedback on the manuscript.

Gratitude goes out to my colleagues at the University of Illinois, especially my EALC colleagues who have been unfailingly kind and supportive over the years: JaHyun Haboush, Ron Toby, Patricia Ebrey, David Goodman, Bill MacDonald, Nancy Abelmann, Chilin Shih (石基琳), Misumi Sadler, Makoto Hayashi, Zong-qi Cai (蔡宗齐), Kai-Wing Chow, Alexander Mayer and Bob Tierney. A very special thanks to my friend, colleague and mentor C.-C. Cheng (郑锦全) for all his help and support over the years. Thanks to my other Linguistics colleagues: Jennifer Cole, Howard Maclay, Chin Woo Kim, José Hualde, James Yoon, Silvina Montrul, Eyamba Bokamba, Molly Mack, Hans Hock, Rajeshwari Pandharipande, Tania...

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