English in China: Creativity and commodification: Creativity and Commodification

Songqing Li

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English- related linguistic creativity and language commodification are the constant topics of interest and examination for scholars. This volume is intended to initiate a dialogue between these two domains of inquiry that have been abundantly addressed but rarely documented together or in relation to one another. English as used in mainland China is presented as a case study where it remains rather unclear the extent to which the language is actually used in people's lives, outside the domain of education. The volume enriches existing empirical studies by exploring the creative and innovative uses of English in people's lives and its commodification at different language- centred economic spaces within China while also providing an update of our understanding of the sociolinguistic situation of English in China, a country undergoing rapid socio- economic transformation. English in China is the first attempt to address the possible relationship, intersection, and tension between two seemingly disparate research topics. The book is an important resource for students and scholars in the fields of applied linguistics, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, translation, and contemporary Chinese studies.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon and New york
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-29232-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-26827-9, 978-1-032-27342-6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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