The Speak Mandarin Campaign aims to persuade the ethnic Chinese of Singapore to use Mandarin as their lingua franca in place of Chinese dialects. The three main arguments are: educational (dialects interfere with the effective learning of Mandarin in schools), cultural (Mandarin, it is claimed, represents a core value of Chinese culture), practical (Mandarin is preferable to a multitude of mutually unintelligible dialects). Some difficulties with these arguments are discussed. Some other aspects of the campaign, such as the paraphernalia, changes ' in the university’s entrance policy and changes in the media, are also reviewed.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development|
|Publication status||Published - 1988|