The nativization of English in China

Qing MA, Zhichang XU

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By examining the history and the current status of using English in China, this chapter argues that English has undergone several stages of development and is on its way to becoming a dynamic nativized variety of English. In addition, this chapter discusses issues crucial to the continuous development of Chinese English in the future, notably, the on-going codification of Chinese-specific features, the distinction between linguistic innovations and errors, and the importance of incorporating a nativized model in the current ELT curriculum in China. Copyright © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching Chinese English: The state of the art
EditorsZhichang Xu, Deyuan He, David Deterding
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Print)9783319531083, 9783319531106, 3319531085
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Ma, Q., & Xu, Z. (2017). The nativization of English in China. In Z. Xu, D. He, & D. Deterding (Eds.), Researching Chinese English: The state of the art (pp. 189-201). Cham: Springer International Publishing.


  • Chinese English
  • Functional use of English
  • Codification
  • ELT
  • Nativization


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