1996．第24卷第2期（Vol. 24 No. 2）．pp. 147171
Bilingualism in Microcosm: The Emergence of Discipline-related Discourse Communities in Hong Kong Tertiary Education
Martha C. PENNINGTON & John BALLA
The differential use of English and Cantonese in different courses of study at a technical university, as reported by the students, is interpreted as part of a pattern in the larger community of (1) a breakdown of the diglossic relationship of the two main community languages and (2) discipline-related language use which reflects, in microcosm, the variable response to the reality of "post-diglossic" bilingualism as it exists in Hong Kong. The pattern of differential language use in each course may be evidence of the evolution of bilingual discourse communities, each with its own unique profile of use of English and Cantonese.