Elementary school students practise writing the Nushu script in Hunan province. Picture: Xinhua
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Why it’s hard to argue there is one Chinese language

To a linguist ‘the Chinese language’ is a family of languages – not dialects – that for the most part are mutually unintelligible and written different ways; an appreciation of this variety would help discussions about language policy

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Elementary school students practise writing the Nushu script in Hunan province. Picture: Xinhua
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