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Gao, Fang; Lai, Chun; Halse, Christine – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
How migrants, refugees and minority groups acquire a sense of belonging in their adopted society is a concern for nations worldwide as they aim to balance the diversity and inclusion of growing numbers of migrants with ensuring harmony and cohesion across society. In postcolonial Hong Kong, the population diversity is accompanied with a swift…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Multilingualism, Second Languages, Foreign Countries
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Hsu, Hui-ju – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
This study adopted both indirect and direct methods to probe into Taiwanese people's attitudes towards Taigi. The indirect method involved a verbal guise experiment with four Taigi speakers--Old-H (higher competence), Old-L (lower competence), Young- H, and Young-L. Participants, including old and young, must complete a questionnaire indirectly…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Alienation, Age Differences, Foreign Countries
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
Informed by family language policy (FLP) as the theoretical framework, I illustrate in this paper how language ideologies can be incongruous and language policies can be conflicting through three multilingual families in Singapore representing three major ethnic groups--Chinese, Malay and Indian. By studying their family language audits, observing…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Multilingualism, Family Relationship, Ethnic Groups
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Cavallaro, Francesco; Seilhamer, Mark Fifer; Chee, Yi Tian Felicia; Ng, Bee Chin – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
Numerous studies have shown that some speech accommodation in interactions with the elderly can aid communication. "Over"accommodaters, however, employing features such as high pitch, exaggerated prosody, and child-like forms of address, often demean, infantilise, and patronise elderly interlocutors rather than facilitate comprehension.…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Asians, Confucianism, Interpersonal Communication
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Ng, Dana Funywe; Zhao, Juanjuan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2015
The People's Republic of China (PRC) has often been considered a monolithic, monolingual state but, in fact, it is linguistically and culturally diverse. Despite the size, there is still a lack of sociolinguistic studies on the Han Chinese in the PRC. Therefore, this study focuses on the language attitudes of Cantonese-speaking students in…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Mandarin Chinese, Sino Tibetan Languages, Public Policy
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Evans, Stephen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2014
This article presents the findings of a corpus-based study of the use of English vis-à-vis Cantonese and Putonghua in Hong Kong's Legislative Council in the past four decades. The objective of the study was to track the changing fortunes of the three languages in a key government institution during a period of unprecedented political, economic and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sino Tibetan Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Gao, Xuesong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
This article reports on an inquiry into Chinese netizens' online discussions related to the "Protecting Cantonese Movement" in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on the Chinese mainland. It interprets the ideological discourses used by Chinese netizens in online discussions to protect the status of Cantonese, a regional variety of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Mandarin Chinese, Language Attitudes
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Gu, Mingyue Michelle – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This paper investigates the identity construction and language practice of a group of mainland Chinese immigrant students studying at a secondary school in Hong Kong, and explores the underlying reasons for, as well as the individual and group identities derived from, those language choices and practices. The data were collected through…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Ideology, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Lai, Mee Ling – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
As it entered the second decade of the postcolonial era, Hong Kong had undergone significant socio-economic changes which had impacted students' perceptions of cultural identity and their language attitudes. This study, conducted in 2009, reports on an investigation into the related perceptions of the postcolonial generation who grew up in Hong…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes, Official Languages, Foreign Countries
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Gu, Mingyue – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
Informed by linguistic ecological theory and the notion of identity, this study investigates language uses and identity construction in interactions among students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds in a multilingual university. Individual and focus-group interviews were conducted with two groups of students: Hong Kong (HK) and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Multilingualism, Group Dynamics, Self Concept
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Evans, Stephen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
This article explores the impact of Hong Kong's transition from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region on patterns of language use in the domain of professional employment. In particular, it presents the findings of a large-scale multifaceted investigation into the roles of Putonghua, Cantonese, written Chinese and English in the…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language)
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Groves, Julie May – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
Past research has tended to ignore the emergence or existence of "middle zone" varieties such as topolects or regiolects. In addition, attitudinal dynamics have received little attention, including their contribution towards the re-evaluation of the status of language varieties. Regarding the status of Cantonese, linguistic, political…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Dialects, Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes
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Tse, Shek-kam; Lam, Joseph Wai-ip; Loh, Elizabeth Ka-yee; Lam, Raymond Yu-hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
This study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Oral Language, Foreign Countries
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Humphreys, Gillian; Miyazoe-Wong, Yuko – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
In spite of long-standing political tensions between Japan and the People's Republic of China, Japanese remains a highly popular language to learn in Hong Kong. This is evidenced by the growth in number of Japanese-related courses and programmes offered at schools and universities in the Special Administrative Region. Although Japan is a dominant…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Political Issues