By Anwei Feng

This quantity deals a entire exam of the unfold of English and English schooling throughout larger China via sociolinguistic reports of Mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, and in-depth research of English language use and schooling in economically booming components of Mainland China reminiscent of Shanghai and Guangdong and underdeveloped areas like Xinjiang.

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Language Teaching 29, 61Á 80. T. (2003) The evolution of language policies in China. E. Brown and S. Ganguly (eds) Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia (pp. 353Á 384). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Gil, J. (2005) English in China: The impact of the global language on China’s language situation. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Griffith University, Australia. Gil, J. (2006) English in minority areas of China: Some findings and directions for further research. International Education Journal 7 (4), 455Á 465.

The English Language in Mainland China: A Sociolinguistic Profile 35 Regulative function The regulative function, the ‘use of English in those contexts in which language is used to regulate conduct; for example, the legal system and administration’ (Kachru, 1983: 42), does not officially exist as such in mainland China, as English has no status as a language of administration and is not used in domains such as the law courts (Pride & Liu, 1988). The use of English in regard to legal matters bears more resemblance to the interpersonal function.

Political activists from all sides of politics saw foreign languages as a tool for struggle and personal transformation. Cities such as Shanghai became a melting pot for intellectual debate and multiculturalism, with Western philosophers, literati, jazz musicians and Hollywood film stars gaining popularity (Jones, 2001; Wood, 1998). However, the Republican period degenerated into economic, social and political instability, with the increasing power of warlords. There was a backlash among some Chinese officials against English, who railed 28 Part 1: Sociolinguistic Profiles of Countries and Regions against the cultural erosion attributed to foreign languages and practices (Ross, 1992).

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