LINGUIST List 33.2053

Fri Jun 17 2022

Books: Aspiring to be Global: Gao

Editor for this issue: Billy Dickson <>

Date: 25-May-2022
From: Flo McClelland <>
Subject: Aspiring to be Global: Gao
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Title: Aspiring to be Global
Subtitle: Language and Social Change in a Tourism Village in China
Series Title: Encounters
Published: 2022
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Author: Shuang Gao
Paperback: ISBN: 9781788920995 Pages: 168 Price: U.S. $ 34.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781788920995 Pages: 168 Price: U.K. £ 24.95

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

This book makes a novel contribution to the sociolinguistics of globalization by examining the dynamics between language and social change in the tourism destination of West Street, Yangshuo, China. The author makes use of multiple sources, including ethnographic interviews, tourist literature, public signage and policy documents, to examine how tourist mobilities are embedded in and interact with historical, geographical, social, cultural, economic and semiotic factors in the creation of a ‘global village’. The transformation of West Street is emblematic of changes in Chinese society under globalization, revealing new subjectivities, tensions and struggles inherent in this ongoing process of social change.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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