De Gruyter is proud to announce the release of the first book in its partnership with the Chinese publisher Commercial Press: The Language Situation in China; Volume1 documents for the first time in English the reports released since 2006 by the Chinese State Language Commission concerning language use in China. The 450-page work illuminates the country's language politics and planning at the national, regional, and local levels. The Commission's surveys, which are of key importance for the formulation of language policy, address new trends in language use within various social groups and in a variety of social domains, and major events concerning languages in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. A team of scholars in Europe supervised the development of the book as well as the selection and translation of the source material. The result is a publication of indispensable value for readers from the worlds of business, politics, and academia.
"We're pleased that the first result of our cooperation with Commercial Press addresses such im-portant material," says Anke Beck, Vice President of Publishing and head of the China Initiative at De Gruyter. "And we're working intensely on a series of comparably important titles. Commercial Press is one of the leading academic publishers in China, and we're delighted to have them as a partner."
The partnership, which was launched in the summer of 2012, foresees the intense exchange of academic content, rather mere licensing, which is the much more widespread form of cooperation. The partnership will also involve regular consultation and the initiation of joint projects.
The book will be presented to a broader public in this week in Beijing under the presence of academic representatives from the Chinese government.