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Chinese to rise as a global language like English

eurekalert: With the continuing rise of China as a global economic and trading power, there is no barrier to prevent Chinese from becoming a global language like English, according to Flinders University academic Dr Jeffrey Gil.

Dr Gil’s paper challenges arguments that suggest Chinese faces insurmountable hurdles to become a commonly used international language due to the complexity of Chinese written characters.

His article, titled “Will a character based writing system stop Chinese becoming a global language? A review and reconsideration of the debate”, was published in the journal Global Chinese.

The article analyses the language practices, language ideologies and language planning surrounding the Chinese writing system, as well as the characteristics of contemporary global English, to show that Chinese could one day become a global language.

Dr Gil presents four arguments to support the possibility of Chinese one day becoming a global language.

Firstly, he emphasises that universal literacy is not required for global language status.

“There is a flawed assumption that all learners of Chinese must learn to read and write to a native-like level – although this does not reflect the global use of English. People learn as much English as is required for their purposes, and the same would apply if Chinese was a global language.”

Dr Gil notes that computers and mobile phones can now convert Pinyin Romanisation (the Chinese phonetic alphabet) into characters, meaning that learners of the language need only learn Pinyin and character recognition, which saves considerable time and effort in regularly communicating in Chinese.

Dr Gil also points to Chinese having previously been a commonly used in other countries.

“There is a historical precedent for the adoption of characters outside of China, with a long-standing use of written Chinese for scholarly and official purposes in Korea, Japan and Vietnam,” he says. “This occurred due to China’s status as the most powerful country in the region, if not the world, and demonstrates that people in any country will learn and use characters if there is sufficient reason to do so.”

The view that Chinese will not be embraced as a global language focuses excessively on linguistic properties, which is not accurate, according to Dr Gil.

“The inconsistencies and irregularities of English’s writing system show that linguistic properties alone do not determine whether a language becomes global,” says Dr Gil.

“I conclude that a character-based writing system will not prevent Chinese attaining global language status.”

Source: Published by eurekalert

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Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
15 days ago

I dont like Chinese language and I dont think d world would abide dis

Ogali Christian
Ogali Christian
15 days ago

Chinese people are day dreaming

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
15 days ago

I disagree to make Chinese a global language, that’s bad.

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
15 days ago

I look forward to that time!😅

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
15 days ago

It is almost impossible,they should do that in their country please.

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
15 days ago

Obviously a character based writing system will stop the Chinese from becoming a global language

Abdulwahab shayau
Abdulwahab shayau
15 days ago

This is kinda impossible though

James Mamah
James Mamah
15 days ago

Impossible! English still dominates

Osuji Caleb ikechi
Osuji Caleb ikechi
15 days ago

I don’t think it will be possible

Sammy alabi
Sammy alabi
15 days ago

impossible Chinese language to do what

Ogunsola hammed Opeyemi
Ogunsola hammed Opeyemi
15 days ago

I hear the country

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
15 days ago

Chinese will only try, it wont be a global language like English

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
15 days ago

Chinese is still from becoming a global language.
The written form of the language is too complicated for trial.

Ibeanusi chinonso Samuel
Ibeanusi chinonso Samuel
15 days ago

I do not aggre the Chinese language being an international regonition language

Gabriel Mercy Omoru
Gabriel Mercy Omoru
15 days ago

If not for the complexity of Chinese characters that makes it non appealing to non Chinese to learn, otherwise, the language would probably be number language in the World right now.

Atte
Atte
15 days ago

I have always liked Chinese In written form because of its artistic nature, but I never liked it spoken, it seems too fast and it would be difficult to understand. But to make it a global language, am not really down with that. I dont see anything wrong with english

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
15 days ago

Chinese language is hard to learn

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
15 days ago

No country will accept Chinese language because it will be very difficult to write and understand… mostly Africa country can’t adapt to their language

Chukwuka Obiosa
Chukwuka Obiosa
15 days ago

Now it is clear that China used this covid19 for something else

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
15 days ago

They should not bother implementing chinese as a global language, it will obviously not work

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
15 days ago

No i do not think people could learn it

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
15 days ago

I don’t think if it will be possible for their language to be universal

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
15 days ago

Civilizations rises and falls.China is on the rise again and major tool a civilization uses to passively conquere minds ans subjects is language.It steals the minds and submissions of the conquered without physical force and inturn sysyematically obliterate their ways and common sense.

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
15 days ago

Not minding d complexities of the Chinese alphabet, there language can be accepted globally because of their trade strength

Umukoro Ufuoma
Umukoro Ufuoma
15 days ago

It’s impossible the Chinese language can’t be accepte globally, even if they are the world power.

Ikechukwu Osadebe Harry
Ikechukwu Osadebe Harry
15 days ago

Chinese language ought to have been like English long ago as their tentacles cut accross the whole world

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
15 days ago

To my view Chinese will not be embraced as a global language

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
15 days ago

Really

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
14 days ago

China trying to b superior in everything… N 2 do so dey developed a deadly virus

Olayinka Njoku
Olayinka Njoku
14 days ago

It’s not possible…it can never work. If that’s their plans,it will fall.

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
14 days ago

I don’t see Chinese language being a global language. The world won’t welcome the idea

Raheeem mustapha abiodun
Raheeem mustapha abiodun
14 days ago

I guess Their global efforts will give way to this language to be general

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
14 days ago

I don’t thing that one can possible to a
Accept China language throughout the world impossible mission truely technology wise and they are productive but it will be hard for the language to acepted

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
14 days ago

Yes of course because Chinese is been taught in schools and Chinese embrace all people for business and they go to almost all countries too to establish. So they are everywhere now

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
14 days ago

Chinese language is somehow funny to me,it can be a global language

Williams Abraham
Williams Abraham
14 days ago

Speaking English by chanise is a great improvement

Maureen Eric
Maureen Eric
14 days ago

There is no possibility of this happening. Even the Chinese does not under English which is the general accepted language. No nation will even embrace it

Stanley Ejike Raphael
Stanley Ejike Raphael
14 days ago

Theres nothing special about chinese language

Dele Braimoh
Dele Braimoh
14 days ago

With the rate at which Chinese are taking over economies around the world (economic colonialization) i won’t be surprised if in the nearest future they start imposing their languages on countries who are indebted to them. countries like Nigeria

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
13 days ago

Thanks for the information

Mahatma
Mahatma
13 days ago

Wow

Mustapha Animashaun
Mustapha Animashaun
12 days ago

China language can’t be a global language because of it pronunciation

Ojeah John Ekene
Ojeah John Ekene
12 days ago

no matter what, Chinese language can’t be globally accepted

Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
9 days ago

Chinese as a global language huh! That won’t happen anytime soon

JOSEPH VICTOR MOSES
JOSEPH VICTOR MOSES
5 days ago

People are saying bad things about Chinese I love to hear there language I also wish to learn there language so lovely God help us all

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
17 hours ago

To me, this isn’t feasible.