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Title: Modelling the development of English in Hong Kong
Authors: Evans, S 
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: World Englishes, 2015, v. 34, no. 3, p. 389-410 How to cite?
Journal: World Englishes 
Abstract: Inspired by Schneider's (2007) innovative Dynamic Model, this paper traces the rise of English-knowing bilingualism in Hong Kong by analysing the authorship of 1,379 letters published in the city's leading English-language newspapers since the early 1840s. The evidence points to three main phases in the evolution of this community: 1840s–1910s, 1920s–1970s, 1980s–present. In the first phase, the bilingual segment of the Chinese community was apparently microscopic or, in the words of a colonial official, ‘infinitesimal’. The second and third phases may be characterised as periods of spreading minority and majority bilingualism respectively.
ISSN: 0883-2919
EISSN: 1467-971X
DOI: 10.1111/weng.12154
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