The nativization of English in China

Qing Ma, Zhichang Xu

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By examining the history and the current status of using English in China, this chapter argues that English has undergone several stages of evelopment and is on its way to becoming a dynamic nativized variety of English. In addition, this chapter discusses issues crucial to the continuous development of Chinese English in the future, notably, the on-going codification of Chinese-specific features, the distinction between linguistic innovations and errors, and the importance of incorporating a nativized model in the current ELT curriculum in China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching Chinese English
Subtitle of host publicationThe State of the Art
EditorsZhichang Xu, Deyuan He, David Deterding
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319531106
ISBN (Print)9783319531083
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMultilingual Education
ISSN (Print)2213-3208
ISSN (Electronic)2213-3216


  • Chinese English
  • Functional use of English
  • Codification
  • ELT
  • Nativization

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