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Between Resistance and Adaptation

The Place of the Uyghur Language in the Sinicised Zone of Ürümchi
Giulia Cabras
p. 41-48


The urban areas of Xinjiang have recently experienced major changes in their demographic, urban, ethnic, and linguistic landscapes. Ürümchi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is a typical example of this. In this city, which is undergoing rapid economic and urban expansion, the Han make up around 72% of the population and the Chinese language is ever more present in the language use of the Uyghurs. This study examines the place of the Uyghur language in the context of the sinicisation of the city of Ürümchi, its role in the daily life of the Uyghur community, and opportunities for its use and revitalisation.

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Bibliographical reference

Giulia Cabras, « Between Resistance and Adaptation », China Perspectives, 2017/4 | 2017, 41-48.

Electronic reference

Giulia Cabras, « Between Resistance and Adaptation », China Perspectives [Online], 2017/4 | 2017, Online since 01 December 2018, connection on 23 January 2019. URL :

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About the author

Giulia Cabras

Giulia Cabras has a Ph.D. in language sciences from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Freie University.Freie Universität, Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, 14195 Berlin, Germany (

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