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NV16016

Hello, fellow Chinese learners! I’m writing a paper on words/expressions/grammar/phonetic features that can help distinguish between different generations of native Chinese speakers, so it’s a sort of paper on age differentiation in Chinese language. Could anyone recommend me some materials I could use – both theoretical and practical (perhaps there is an interview or a movie where you can see the differences between speakers of different generations /ages clearly, so I could describe it)? Thank you!

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thelearninglearner

really interesting to think about. from the top of my head i can only think of some slang. But I will look into this too

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Leslie Frank
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Any kind of big family tv show should work, as everyone will refer to people based on relative ages / role. But I can’t think of any. 

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Jim

Another very obvious thing in a lot of places if not most will be ability in putonghua, with the younger people knowing more and having a standard accent and their elders more comfortable in their native language or dialect.

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