The English Language in Hong Kong: Diachronic and Synchronic by Stephen Evans

By Stephen Evans

This booklet offers an empirically-grounded sociolinguistic background of the English language in Hong Kong some time past a hundred and seventy years. utilizing vast units of diachronic and synchronic information, it lines the altering prestige and services of English on the subject of spoken Cantonese, Mandarin and written chinese language within the key domain names of presidency, schooling and enterprise. the writer tracks the increase of English-knowing bilingualism within the city’s chinese language group and explores the evolutionary dynamics of Hong Kong English. He additionally speculates at the way forward for English within the territory, rather after 2047 while the ‘one nation, platforms’ framework tested via the Sino-British Joint announcement is dismantled. Researchers and scholars operating within the fields of sociolinguistics, English as a world language, global Englishes, utilized linguistics and English-language schooling will locate this publication offers helpful info and insights concerning the makes use of and clients of English in colonial and post-colonial Hong Kong. extra mostly, it makes a different contribution to the literature at the diffusion and diversification of English worldwide.

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