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Title: Disputes and deliberations over language policy : the case of early colonial Hong Kong
Authors: Evans, S 
Keywords: British colonial education
Chinese
Colonial language policy
English
Hong Kong
Linguistic imperialism
Medium of instruction
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Language Policy, 2008, v. 7, no. 1, p. 47-65 How to cite?
Journal: Language Policy 
Abstract: This case study of colonial language policy examines the disputes and deliberations over language policy in Hong Kong education during the Governorship of Sir John Pope Hennessy (1877-1882). Although language policy had been a source of controversy at various times during the 1860s and 1870s, it was not until Hennessy's term that conflict over the roles of English and Chinese in Hong Kong's education system came fully into the open. One consequence of this sudden upsurge of interest in language policy was that the colonial and metropolitan authorities were finally forced to confront the issues and problems associated with two decades of government-sponsored English-language education. The debates and decisions about language policy during this period provide revealing evidence of the British government's position on the learning and use of English in colonial education and society.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/29310
ISSN: 1568-4555
DOI: 10.1007/s10993-007-9076-1
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