A Dictionary of Hong Kong English

Words from the Fragrant Harbor

Patrick J. Cummings and Hans-Georg Wolf

A Dictionary of Hong Kong English

Patrick J. Cummings and Hans-Georg Wolf

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

320 pages | 44 b&w illus. | 4.5 x 7.5
Paperback $15.00 ISBN: 9789888083305 Published September 2011 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
This book is the first dictionary of Hong Kong English and one of the few non-native variety dictionaries of English. It includes only words and word senses that are particular to this variety or have a specific reference to Hong Kong, and thus contributes to legitimizing Hong Kong English as a variety in its own right. While the main focus is on contemporary language use, from all domains of Hong Kong life, historical terms and references are covered as well. Entries are designed according the state of the art in lexicography and show pronunciation, source language, frequency, authentic usage, and cultural conceptualizations. As additional features, the dictionary provides a brief history of Hong Kong English, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, historical place names and their current equivalents, words of Hong Kong origin now in international use, as well as further reference material.
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