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A1 B2 A1 B2 A1 B2 A1 B2 ... In this pattern, Speaker I consistently uses one language but Speaker 2 consistently uses another language. Such patterns of language choice are not normally sustained in spontaneous conversation. After a short run of divergent language choices, one participant usually accepts the other's language, and the sequence continues with an agreed language as the language-ofinteraction. The resulting pattern looks like this: Pattern IIb: ... A1 B2 A1 B2 A1 //A2 A1 A2 A1 ... In all these patterns, the change of language is accompanied by change of speakership.

1983), L. Milroy (1987a) examined the social distribution of eight linguistic variables, selected as indicators of the local vernacular. Instead of trying to explain it in terms of large-scale, abstract concepts such as social class, Milroy focused her attention on specific social relationships of individual speakers. Following careful participant observation, a six-point scale was constructed to measure the density and multiplexity (pertaining to 'structural' and 'interactional' properties respectively) of personal network ties, known as the 'network strength scale' (Milroy, 1987a: 141-2).

During 1858-60, a second Opium War was fought and was ended with a treaty whereby Britain acquired the Kowloon Peninsula and Stonecutters Island. 5 square miles north of Kowloon was leased for 99 years. This piece of land is the so-called New territories. After initial opposition by the Chinese, the New Territories became an integral part of the crown colony. 1). 1 Hong Kong: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsular and the New Territories People of Hong Kong At least 98% of the population in Hong Kong are of Chinese ethnic origin.

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