Hong Kong English

Autonomy and Creativity

Edited by Kingsley Bolton

Hong Kong English

Edited by Kingsley Bolton

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

332 pages | 6 x 9
Paperback $30.00 ISBN: 9789622095533 Published September 2002 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
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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