The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics is written for those wanting to acquire comprehensive knowledge of China, the diaspora and the Sino-sphere communities through Chinese language.

It examines how Chinese language is used in different contexts, and how the use of Chinese language affects culture, society, expression of self and persuasion of others; as well as how neurophysiological aspects of language disorder affect how we function and how the advance of technology changes the way the Chinese language is used and perceived. The Handbook concentrates on the cultural, societal and communicative characteristics of the Chinese language environment.

Focusing on language use in action, in context and in vivo, this book intends to lay empirical grounds for collaboration and synergy among different fields.

chapter |5 pages


Language in action, language in context

part I|228 pages

Language, culture and society

chapter 5|11 pages

Chinese, food and menus

chapter 7|13 pages

Colour terms in Chinese

chapter 9|18 pages

Chinese cultures of learning

Elicited metaphor research

chapter 10|16 pages

Learning “Chinese” as a heritage language

Challenges, issues and ways forward

chapter 12|14 pages

Varieties of Chinese

Dialects or Sinitic languages?

chapter 15|15 pages

Chinese language and social justice

part II|224 pages

Language: expression, communication and persuasion

chapter 16|19 pages

Chinese language arts

The role of language and linguistic devices in literary and artistic expressions

chapter 18|18 pages

Chinese and counterfactual reasoning

chapter 20|19 pages

Chinese and emotion analysis

chapter 21|13 pages

Humour in Chinese

chapter 22|19 pages

Irony in Chinese languages

An overview and a case study

chapter 23|15 pages

Metaphor in Chinese

chapter 25|16 pages

Cursing, taboo and euphemism

chapter 29|15 pages

Chinese communication in a globalizing world

An outline of an emerging contemporary Chinese discourse

part III|105 pages

Language, computers and new media

chapter 30|22 pages

Computers and Chinese writing systems

chapter 32|16 pages

Information quality

Linguistic cues and automatic judgements

chapter 33|21 pages

Chinese neologisms

chapter 34|17 pages

Online language resources

Advances, applications and challenges

part IV|124 pages

Language, mind and body

part V|97 pages

The science of language

chapter 43|18 pages

Chinese sociolinguistics

chapter 44|18 pages

Linguistic anthropology of Chinese

chapter 45|20 pages

Chinese rhetoric

chapter 47|13 pages

Chinese psycholinguistics

A typological overview