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Author Setter, Jane.
Title Hong Kong English / Jane Setter, Cathy S.P. Wong and Brian H.S. Chan.
Imprint Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Author Setter, Jane.
Series Dialects of English
Dialects of English.
Subject English language -- Dialects -- China -- Hong Kong.
Alt Name Wong, Cathy S. P.
Chan, Brian Hok-Shing, 1968-
Description 1 online resource (viii, 182 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents COVER; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; 1 Geography, demography and cultural factors; 2 Phonetics and phonology; 3 Morphosyntax; 4 Discourse and lexis; 5 Code-switching; 6 Hong Kong English: a sociolinguistic history; 7 Annotated bibliography; 8 Transcripts for the data from our speakers; Index.
Summary This volume provides an overview of all aspects of Hong Kong English in a style designed for undergraduates and general readers. As a former British colony, Hong Kong used English as the language of government, law and education in the early days of colonial rule. Since the Handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997, it is no longer used as the primary language of government. However, the status of English has survived the decline of colonial rule, as English has become an international language which is indispensable for a service-oriented economy such as present-day Hong Kong. Its use is still widespread in legal contexts, and English is the medium of instruction in at least a quarter of secondary schools. Outwith the realm of education, English is important as a means of international communication in the fields of banking and finance, business, and in the tourism and hospitality industry. English is therefore integrated into Hong Kong life in various ways and this has resulted in a thriving and developing variety of English. This book describes English in Hong Kong as a linguistic phenomenon from the point of view of language structure, but also takes into account historical, socio-cultural and socio-political developments.
ISBN 9780748635979 (electronic bk.)
0748635971 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612899751
OCLC # 711000641
Additional Format Print version: Setter, Jane. Hong Kong English. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2010 9780748635955 (DLC) 2010530009 (OCoLC)500818355

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