Hong Kong English: Autonomy and Creativity

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Hong Kong University Press, Sep 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 332 pages
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The dominant view of many linguists and educators has been that Hong Kong English is a variety of the language that is derived from, and dependent on, the metropolitan norm of British English. It has been argued that English in Hong Kong was never 'nativized' as in other Asian societies, and that it has not deserved the recognition accorded to other varieties of Asian English.

The contributions to this book challenge that view in a number of ways. In addressing sociolinguistic, structural, and literary issues, they provide an up-to-date survey of current use of Hong Kong English, and redress the question of its autonomy in terms of both distinctive linguistic features and the growing literary creativity of the variety. An original and highly informed discussion on the futures for Hong Kong English, and chapters providing additional resources for the study of the variety, are also included.

 

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Contents

Language in Context
20
The sociolinguistics of Hong Kong and the space for
29
The discourse and attitudes of English language teachers in
57
The Englishlanguage media in Hong Kong
101
Towards a phonology of Hong Kong English
119
Relative clauses in Hong Kong English
141
Variation and context
161
Dimensions of Creativity
171
Writing between Chinese and English
199
From Yininsh to sadomastication
207
Writing the literature of nondenial
219
Sample texts from
241
Cultural imagination and English in Hong Kong
265
Bibliographical Sources
281
Future Directions
293
Index
315

An answer
183

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Page 290 - Tay, Mary WJ (1991) Southeast Asia and Hongkong. In English around the world: sociolinguistic perspectives. Edited by Jenny Cheshire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 319-32.

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Kingsley Bolton is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at Stockholm University, and Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong.

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