Journal directory listing - Volume 49 Number 1 (2004/April) - Humanities & Social Sciences【49(1)】

Language Use in Taiwan:Language Proficiency and Domain Analysis Author: Hsi-nan Yeh(Department of English,National Taiwan Normal University)、Hui-chen Chan(Department of English,National Chengchi University)、Yuh-show Cheng(Department of English,National Taiwan Normal University)

Vol.&No.:Vol. 49, No.1
Date:April 2004


In Taiwan, the compulsory National Language Policy since 1950s has forcefully caused a shift from the indigenous native languages, including Minnanyu, Hakka, and Polynesian languages, to the national language, Mandarin. However, the drastic socio-economic and political changes in late 1980s seemed to have re-kindled the revival of these native languages. These native languages are coming back in all aspects of life, including the mass media and education.
To obtain a better idea of the process of language shift in Taiwan, this study examined the language proficiency and language use of the three non-Mainlander groups in Taiwan. It focused on analyzing the relationships between their language choice and such variables as age, gender, education levels, and social domains. The use of Mandarin by Mainlanders was also examined as a reference point in some analyses.
It was found that there were significant relationships between language proficiency and age, gender, as well as education levels. As a whole, the language use of each individual non-Mainlander group in this study confirmed Fishman's domain analysis. Language shift patterns between the native languages and the national language vary with languages, with Minnanyu demonstrating an increasing reversed shift, Hakka continuing its long-term shift toward Mandarin, and Polynesian languages experiencing an even greater shift toward Mandarin.

Keywords:language use, language shift, domain analysis, native language

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APA FormatYeh, H.-N. (2004). Language Use in Taiwan:Language Proficiency and Domain Analysis. Journal of National Taiwan Normal University: Humanities & Social Science, 49(1), 75-108. doi:10.6210/JNTNULL.2004.49(1).04