Cambodia Chinese Diaspora Language Project

The Cambodia Chinese Diaspora Project was launched in Fall 2014 to study the language of the local Chinese community, especially in the capitol of Phnom Penh. This site includes the several versions of the language used surveys used for a portion of the project and the project abstract


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Project Abstract
Although there is a significant–––though not exhaustive––literature on the ethnography and sociology of the Chinese diaspora in Cambodia, there is little research on the language development per se of the centuries old Chinese communities of the area, which includes multiple varieties of Chinese (Chaozhou, Cantonese, Hainanese, Hakka, Fujianese). This project will form the foundation of a book length study on the Chinese language of communities in Phnom Penh and other major cities of Cambodia. The project is divided into major two stages: 1) A survey of language use by students and families of Chinese schools in Phnom Penh. To supplement the student analysis, I survey adults in the broader Chinese community as is feasible (e.g., within cultural and religious organizations (2) Close recording of Cantonese speakers associated with the major Cantonese-dominated schools toward a description of the Cambodia variety of Cantonese.


本项目主要由两个部分构成: 一、关于金边中文学校的学生和家庭的语言使用的调查。作为调查的补充部分,我会在可行的情况下扩大调查范围,将更广泛的中文社区成年人纳入其中(例如一些文化和宗教组织)。二、详细记录以粤语为主的学校里的粤语使用者的情况,以对柬埔寨粤语多样性的作出描述。