Chinese as a Heritage Language
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Heritage language (HL) has been associated with a variety of terms and definitions, depending on the context it is situated in or the perspective it is viewed from. It is called home language in bilingual education, ancestral/ethnic language in immigrant/indigenous communities, and heritage language in relation to one’s family heritage. In edu…

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Yun XIAO, “Chinese as a Heritage Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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