Language attitudes towards written Taiwanese

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Abstract

This survey includes a total of 244 students from Tamkang University and Tamsui College in Taiwan. The students were told to evaluate seven prepared Taibun (written Taiwanese) reading samples (written in different orthographies) on six characteristic scales. The statistical results reveal that Han character-only orthography received highest rating,Han-Roman mixed receivedthe second highest, and Roman-only script received the lowest. Overall, the students showed positive attitudes towards Taibun. In addition to the orthography factor, students' background also affected their evaluations. The significant factors are: (1) place of residence (Taipei vs. non-Taipei), (2)major (Taiwanese and English vs. Mechanical Engineering vs. Chinese, Japanese, and Public Administration), (3) mother tongue (Taiwanese vs. non-Taiwanese), (4) language ability (Taiwanese vs. non-Taiwanese), (5) national identity (Taiwanese vs. non-Taiwanese), and (6) assertions on national status (independence vs. non-independence). In short, whether or not Taibun will be successfully promoted to a national status, highly depends on people's orthography demands and their attitudes towards written Taiwanese. Moreover, their language ability and national identity will will play an important role while they are making the determinations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-523
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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