Stereotyping Language and Generalizing Language Toward Foreigners Living in Shanghai, An Analysis of the Language Used


Multicultural communities are becoming more and more common in China, creating a new environment for cultural exchange and sociolinguistic phenomena. The present study aims to analyze how in the cultural environment of Shanghai foreigners are subjected to unconscious generalization and stereotyping by locals. A sample of 20 foreigners living in Shanghai, either students, or expats, or immigrants, of different nationality and cultures have been given a survey on their experience with such language. The data will be analyzed to determine whether a racial correlation was experienced by the participants. Status, power and disadvantage will be also taken into consideration in the present analysis. The present study proves there is a correlation between appearance and the language used by locals toward foreigners, as well as proving that there are a set of specific language locals might use towards foreigners.

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Amerigo Quatrini, Shanghai University, China

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Conference: ACL2022
Stream: Language and Culture

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