Quantitative Analysis: Reported Language Use and Attitudes

  • Patrick Chin Leong Ng
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Linguistics book series (SBIL)


The self-administered survey (henceforth SAS) is the main instrument used to examine the current attitudes of dialect-speakers towards the SMC. In this study, the SAS is used to report the language choice of dialect-speakers in the different domains of language use, their attitudes towards the status and functions of Mandarin, English, and the Chinese dialects, as well as their perceptions of the SMC as a planned language effort. The results of the study showed that the SMC has made an impact on the linguistic repertoire of dialect speakers. Except for the home domain, a number of dialect speakers reported that they use dialects less in public places such as the hawker centres and shopping centres. In addition, a majority of them believe that Mandarin is an economically viable language for business dealings with China. However, although dialect speakers regard Chinese dialects as having low instrumental values compared to Mandarin, amongst the elderly dialect speakers, the affective values of Chinese dialects remain strong. This chapter discusses the results of the self-administered survey questionnaire (SAS).


Language use Domains Mandarin Attitude Status Function Dialects 


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  1. 1.University of Niigata PrefectureNiigata-shiJapan

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