By Jane Setter
This quantity offers an outline of all features of Hong Kong English in a method designed for undergraduates and common readers. As a former British colony, Hong Kong used English because the language of presidency, legislations and schooling within the early days of colonial rule. because the Handover from British to chinese language rule in 1997, it's not used because the fundamental language of presidency. even though, the prestige of English has survived the decline of colonial rule, as English has turn into a world language that's integral for a service-oriented economic system similar to present-day Hong Kong. Its use continues to be frequent in criminal contexts, and English is the medium of guideline in no less than 1 / 4 of secondary schools.
Outwith the area of schooling, English is critical as a way of overseas conversation within the fields of banking and finance, company, and within the tourism and hospitality undefined. English is as a result built-in into Hong Kong lifestyles in numerous methods and this has led to a thriving and constructing number of English. This booklet describes English in Hong Kong as a linguistic phenomenon from the viewpoint of language constitution, but additionally takes under consideration historic, socio-cultural and socio-political developments.
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