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Shanghai dialect locked in tug of war with Mandarin[1]- [Copy link] 中文

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A scene from New Old Uncle, one of the most popular TV programs in Shanghai, which until recently was presented in the local dialect. Gao Erqiang / China Daily

Television show's change of language sparks controversy, reports Xu Junqian in Shanghai.

The term Lao Niang Jiu, or "old uncle", a well-known character in Shanghai folklore, is frequently used by the city's residents to describe pr ...

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Post time 2014-3-1 17:53:06 |Display all floors
Singapore did the same and got rid of dialect by making making all Chinese TV program in Mandarin only.

It was good in getting everyone speak the same language. However language is something that is alive and every changing depending on the evolving society and the development of new thinking. Language provides a more interesting dimension to how certain feelings is conveyed through certain dialect words.

Now Singapore is trying to bring back the old dialect culture but it's too late. Fewer and fewer people speak the dialect and those who do are not proficient in it anymore. The ability of using dialect to bring in a different and more interesting aspect of certain thoughts and feelings are lost.

Just like you would not want everyone to only drive toyota, wear the same white shirt, carry the same pattern bag, language and its related dialect brings more diversity and interest to language and how we communicate with each other.

The only kind of languages that demands standardisation are computer programming language so that computer can talk to each other properly. Human languages is, however, not in the same category.

One vote for dialect.

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Post time 2014-3-2 00:36:24 |Display all floors
To juzunme

Singapore did but did not succeed! Reason is Singapore does not possess the quality standard for the languages. Most of the time, one could tell easily as they would speak but few foreigners could really understand immediately, regardless of English, Mandarin or others. So, please do not put it for comparison. Singaporeans are weak in spoken and written languages. Most people do not think so, but it is known that Singaporeans speak Singlish not English and Singness not Chinese.

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