Chris Wen-Chao LI

Modern Standard Chinese, as the official language of the Chinese-speaking world, came to be equated with the term Mandarin in lay usage. In the Chinese capital Beijing, the city most influential in shaping Mandarin, a large crowd assembles to watch the sunrise events at Tiananmen Square. PHOTO BY TOM CHRISTENSEN.

Mandarin is a linguistic term with four distinct senses: to early European missionaries Mandarin was the lingua franca of dynastic China; to the modern layman

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By |2014-12-16T16:53:48-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Language and Learning, Linguistics|Comments Off on Mandarin (Guānhuà 官话, Pǔtōnghuà 普通话, Guóyǔ 国语)|Guānhuà 官话, Pǔtōnghuà 普通话, Guóyǔ 国语 (Mandarin)

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