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Attitudes toward Mandarin and Heritage Dialects among those of Chinese-origin in the U.S.

Dr. Terrence Wiley discusses his study of language attitudes among Chinese immigrants and international students.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Faculty Center, Redwood Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095


To date there has been little systematic study of language attitudes among those of Chinese origin in the United States.  This paper presents findings from one of the largest surveys attempted to date, with responses from 750 Chinese immigrants and international students.  The study investigated language attitudes among those of Chinese-origin toward Mandarin and other major Chinese “dialects,” their desire to maintain these as heritage languages, as well as their attitudes toward English.

About Dr. Wiley

Dr. Terrence G. Wiley is Professor of Education and Applied Linguistics at Arizona State University, where he has served as Director of the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Interim Associate Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, and Co-director of the Language Policy Research Unit of the Southwest Center for Educational Equity and Language Diversity.  Professor Wiley received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California and holds Master’s degrees in Linguistics and Asian Studies and a Bachelor’s in History. 

Professor Wiley’s research and teaching have focused on applied linguistics, including language policy, literacy and biliteracy, language and immigration, bilingual education and bilingualism, heritage and community language education, English and globalization, and English as a second and international language.  He is author of numerous books, articles, and chapters, including Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States (Center for Applied Linguistics, 2005) and is co-editor of the Ebonics in the Urban Education Debate (Multilingual Matters, 2005) and The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States (Multilingual Maters, in press).  He is currently participating in a project with UCLA’s National Heritage Language Resources Center and another with Arizona State University’s Confucius Institute in partnership with Sichuan University.

Sponsor(s): Center for World Languages

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