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Title: The kind of dictionary Chinese students need in Hong Kong : a biliterate and trilingual dictionary
Authors: Lam, Jacqueline Kam-Mei
Keywords: English
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: The Hong Kong linguist, no. 25, 2005, p. 89-93
Abstract: This is primarily a report on a dictionary project on which I have been working since 2002 with Li Lan at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Tom McArthur, lexicographer, author and editor of ‘English Today: The international review of the English language’, Cambridge University Press. In this paper, I point out that the Hong Kong government, before and after the 1997 political handover, has stressed the importance of the population at large becoming both biliterate (in reading and writing Chinese and English) and trilingual (in speaking and understanding Cantonese, English and Putonghua). To date, there has been no dictionary produced in the region or elsewhere that can support a programme of this kind. We are now at work on such a ‘BiTri’ dictionary.
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