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China Bars English Words In All Publications

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george    2,855

China bars English words in all publications

BEIJING, Dec 23 (ANTARA) - Chinese newspapers, books and websites will no longer be allowed to use English words and phrases, the country`s publishing body has announced, saying the "purity" of the Chinese language is in peril.

The General Administration of Press and Publication, which announced the new rule on Monday, said the increasing use of English words and abbreviations in Chinese texts had caused confusion and was a means of "abusing the language".

Such practices "severely damaged the standard and purity of the Chinese language and disrupted the harmonious and healthy language and cultural environment, causing negative social impacts," the body said on its website.

"It is banned to mix at will foreign language phrases such as English words or abbreviations with Chinese publications, creating words of vague meaning that are not exactly Chinese or of any foreign language," it said.

GAPP said companies which violated the regulation would face "administrative punishment" without offering specifics.

English abbreviations such as NBA (National Basketball Association), GDP (gross domestic product), CPI (consumer price index) and WTO (World Trade Organization) are commonly used in Chinese publications.

The body left a small loophole, saying that "if necessary", English terms could be used but now must be followed by a direct translation of the abbreviation or an explanation in Chinese, according to the regulation.

The names of people or places in English also must be translated, the China Daily reported Wednesday.

One editor at a Beijing publishing house told the newspaper that the new GAPP regulation could actually result in reduced understanding.

"The intention of protecting the Chinese language is good. But in an age ofglobalisation, when some English acronyms like WTO have been widely accepted by readers, it might be too absolute to eliminate them," the editor said.

"Conversationally, people also use these words all the time, so the regulation could create discord between the oral and written uses of language."

Earlier this year, China Central Television and Beijing Television told the China Daily that they had received notification from the government to avoid using certain English abbreviations on Chinese programmes. (ANTARA)

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-- TNA 2010-12-24

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Zpete    137

Just imagine if signs and packaging was also banned using attempted Engrish.

We will miss out on some of the funniest laffs around.

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Orac    2,794

Hasn't France been trying to do this for years??

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ukrules    7,031

We will miss out on some of the funniest laffs around.

Yes, like this one which is apparently a sign for a cafe

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JIP    0

Let's show em: We'll start calling again Beijing by it's "real English" name... "Peking".

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Boater    636

Hasn't France been trying to do this for years??

yes , and the french are the only people who visit thailand and expect everyone else to speak there lingo

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Brewsta    5

From FrAnglais to ChAnglais and back? Must be Silly Season again. :lol:

It will be interesting to see if the PR China authorities have more success with seeing off English language used in this manner - the French continue to fail miserably in their equivalent 'purity of native language' efforts over the last few decades. :blink:

Mind you, the French authorities do tend to shoot less of their citizens for dissent than thier Chinese counterparts! :whistling:

Be sure to communicate accurately and linguistically / completely as you wander through your Xmas & New Year festivities, yes?:rolleyes:

Seasons Greetins to All.

Brewsta

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Orac    2,794

"English abbreviations such as NBA (National Basketball Association)"

Can't see how they can blame the English for this one.

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Brewsta    5

Borrocks?

Sadly, the PRC authorities most probably will enforce this doomed policy publicly and rigidly for the forseeable future.

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