An Investigation of a Language Profile of a Mother-Tongue Mandarin-Speaking Graduate Student from English Major in Hong Kong

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1. Introduction As 50% or more of the world’s towns and cities are bilingual or multilingual communities (Pennington et al. 1992), quantities of research studies have been carried out on language behavior or choice of a certain ethnic group in a bilingual or multilingual community. This research focuses on the language behavior of a mother-tongue Mandarin speaker who is having graduate study in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a typical metropolis immersed in multilingualism, since there are considerably diverse ethnic groups in this area (2011 Census Office, 2012). According to the report of 2011 Census Office (2012), the number of mother-tongue Standard Mandarin (hereafter, Mandarin) speakers in Hong Kong has displayed an increase in the …show more content…
1. Introduction As 50% or more of the world’s towns and cities are bilingual or multilingual communities (Pennington et al. 1992), quantities of research studies have been carried out on language behavior or choice of a certain ethnic group in a bilingual or multilingual community. This research focuses on the language behavior of a mother-tongue Mandarin speaker who is having graduate study in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a typical metropolis immersed in multilingualism, since there are considerably diverse ethnic groups in this area (2011 Census Office, 2012). According to the report of 2011 Census Office (2012), the number of mother-tongue Standard Mandarin (hereafter, Mandarin) speakers in Hong Kong has displayed an increase in the last ten years due to the fact that more mainland Chinese come to Hong Kong for employment or education. More specifically, today, the majority of non-local students in Hong Kong come from mainland. Yeung (2012) reports that approximately 80% of non-local tertiary students in Hong Kong are mainland Chinese. In the next section, related theories, background of the study and previous related studies are reviewed. The third section introduces the methodology for the present study and the following section presents the results. In the last two sections, discussion are made on with the implication of the outcome of the study and conclusion are drawn followed by suggestions for further relevant studies.

2. Background Hong Kong is a
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