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


The SMC has been in existence for more than three decades in Singapore. Various surveys conducted by the government have shown that the campaign has been successful in persuading Chinese dialect-speakers to discard the use of Chinese dialects and switch to speaking Mandarin. However, a main repercussion of the campaign is the decline in use of Chinese dialects within the local Chinese community. As a result of the SMC, a majority of elderly dialect speakers are unable to communicate with the ruling English-speaking elites in society due to their handicap in English and Mandarin. Although the campaign has been successful, there are some challenges that may threaten the impact of the campaign. Due to the encroachment of English in the home environment, younger generation of Chinese are aligning themselves with English more than Mandarin. In addition, an increasing number of students from English-speaking homes are also experiencing some difficulties in learning the Chinese language. This chapter discusses the various issues that arise as a result of the success of the SMC. The chapter concludes with some possible areas for future research on the SMC.


Repercussions Decline Dialects Challenges Future research 


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  1. 1.University of Niigata PrefectureNiigata-shiJapan

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