One Country, Two Systems, Three Languages: A Survey of by Sue Wright, Helen Kelly-Holmes

By Sue Wright, Helen Kelly-Holmes

Encompasses a set of papers and debates derived from a convention that came about in Hong Kong in 1996. Analyzes the styles of language use that prevailed in mid 1996 and assesses the linguistic alterations that would accompany the political shift. DLC: Sociolinguistics - Hong Kong.

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164-170, 171-2). Macau, March 1992. K. K. Sin (1996) Language legislation in Hong Kong: Some reflections on language rights. Paper presented at the Colloquium on Language Legislation and Linguistic Rights, University of Illinois. < previous page page_33 next page > < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 The (Un)Changing Role of Mandarin Chinese in Language Education in Hong Kong Cheung-Shing Samuel Leung Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong, 5/F Prince Philip Dental Hospital, 34 Hospital Road, Hong Kong Yuen-Fan Lomita Wong Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong With the impending change of status of Hong Kong from a British colony to an integral part of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on 1 July 1997, the future role of Putonghua (Mandarin), which is the national language of the PRC, has been widely debated.

In order to prepare effective and competent bilinguals for work in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) under the Chinese government, it is clear that Putonghua teaching will have to be restructured and strengthened in the public education sector. Some proposals reflecting the changing status and roles of Putonghua in language education in Hong Kong are summarised as follows: (1) Putonghua education to be extended to senior secondary level (Forms 4 & 5) and eventually to become an examination subject in the HKCEE.

1985) The Language Bomb (Chinese-English bilingual text). Hong Kong: Longman Group (Far East) Ltd. K. ) (1992) Into the Twenty First Century: Issues of Language in Education in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Linguistic Society of Hong Kong. T. (1977) A model for polyglossia and multilingualism (with special reference to Singapore and Malaysia). Language in Society 6, 361-78. K. (1975) On the linguistic covariants of cultural assimilation. Anthropological Linguistics 17 (9), 445-65. K. (1977) Some current issues relevant to language and education in Hong Kong.

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