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Title: A survey of language use in the professional workplace in Hong Kong
Authors: Green, C
Evans, S 
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: University of Hong Kong, English Centre
Source: Hong Kong journal of applied linguistics, 2000, v. 5, no. 2, p. 60-82 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong journal of applied linguistics 
Abstract: The data reported here represent the initial stage in a large-scale, multi-method survey of the current use of Chinese (Cantonese and standard written Chinese) and English in the professional workplace in Hong Kong. The survey involving 1,475 respondents drawn from five key occupational sectors, was motivated by the paucity of large-scale, macro-level research into the languages of workplace communication in Hong Kong. Previous studies have tended to focus on single professions, or are small-scale in nature. The baseline data presented here offer demographic information on the respondents and discusses descriptive statistical data derived from the questionnaire survey.  Reference is also made to focus group feedback to help interpret the quantitative data. Results indicate that reading and writing in English are demanded frequently in the professional Hong Kong workplace, but that English appears to play a less important role in spoken workplace communication; predictably, in informal situations but also in more formal ones, such as negotiating on the telephone and participating in job interviews in which Cantonese is as likely to be used as English.
ISSN: 1028-4435
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