The Hong Kong language context

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This chapter introduces the macrolinguistic context of multilingual Hong Kong society by outlining (a) the types and extents of the plurilinguality of its citizenry, (b) the current state of their biliteracy in Chinese and English, and (c) their perceived ethnolinguistic identities (Hongkonger, Chinese Hongkonger, Hong Kong Chinese, or Chinese) with reference to their attitudes towards Cantonese, English and Putonghua. The chapter will end with a synopsis of the rest of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultilingual Hong Kong : languages, literacies and identities
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319441955
ISBN (Print)9783319441931
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMultilingual Education
ISSN (Print)2213-3208


  • Postcolonial Hong Kong
  • Multilingual society
  • Macrolinguistic context
  • Demography
  • Vernacular Cantonese
  • Plurilinguality
  • Ethnolinguistic identity
  • Language attitudes
  • Language policy
  • Biliteracy and trilingualism


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