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This document is downloaded from DR‑NTU (https://dr.ntu.edu.sg)Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.Sociolinguistics today : Asia and the WestBolton, Kingsley1992Bolton, K. (1992). Sociolinguistics today : Asia and the West. In Bolton, K., & Kwok, H (eds),Sociolinguistics today : international perspectives. London: Routledge. 5‑66.https://hdl.handle.net/10356/79456© 1992 Routledge.Downloaded on 09 Feb 2023 10:19:00 SGT11 Sociolinguistics today: Asia and the westKingsley BoltonBACKGROUNDThe vast majority of the chapters in this volume were originally presented as papers at the First HongKong Conference on Language and Society, which was held at the University of Hong Kong from 24 to28 April1988.1The Hong Kong conferenceThe theme of the Hong Kong conference was 'Sociolinguistics today: eastern and western perspectives'.In broad terms, the aims of the conference were to provide a forum for an exchange of views betweenacademics working within the field of sociolinguistics in Asia an...