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The English Language in Hong Kong

Diachronic and Synchronic Perspectives

Authors: Evans, Stephen

  • Draw on years of empirically-grounded research in the use of English in the domains of business, law and education in Hong Kong, as well as English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in general
  • Offers a comprehensive diachronic and synchronic description of English in Hong Kong
  • Employs historical sources, census data, as well as more recent usage surveys
  • Explains in detail who the users of English have been over the 170-year history of the city
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About this book

This book presents an empirically-grounded sociolinguistic history of the English language in Hong Kong in the past 170 years. Using substantial sets of diachronic and synchronic data, it traces the changing status and functions of English in relation to spoken Cantonese, Mandarin and written Chinese in the key domains of government, education and business. The author tracks the rise of English-knowing bilingualism in the city’s Chinese community and explores the evolutionary dynamics of Hong Kong English. He also speculates on the future of English in the territory, particularly after 2047 when the ‘one country, two systems’ framework established by the Sino-British Joint Declaration is dismantled. Researchers and students working in the fields of sociolinguistics, English as a global language, world Englishes, applied linguistics and English-language education will find this book provides valuable information and insights about the uses and users of English in colonial and post-colonial Hong Kong. More generally, it makes a unique contribution to the literature on the diffusion and diversification of English worldwide.

About the authors

Stephen Evans is a Professor in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China, where he teaches courses in sociolinguistics, English as an international language and ELT syllabus and materials design. He has published widely in the areas of language policy, world Englishes, English for specific purposes and language in education.

Reviews

“The English Language in Hong Kong is a fascinating account which compares the role(s) English and Chinese have played and continue to play in Hong Kong. The book shows how the processes of colonialism and globalisation have influenced the changing roles of the languages and considers how the increasing influence of China itself will influence language choice. Will Putonghua come to replace Cantonese and English? This superbly researched book is a must-read for anyone interested in Hong Kong’s history and future.” (Andy Kirkpatrick, Professor, Griffith University, Australia)

“The English Language in Hong Kong by Stephen Evans of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers an authoritative and highly readable history of the changing profile of languages in Hong Kong, with specific focus on English and Cantonese and their interactions in the key sectors of government, education, and business. It is a monumental achievement, by far the most thoroughgoing account to date of language in Hong Kong, making clear the great ingenuity of the Hong Kong people in using their linguistic resources to both express and create their unique character and culture, and to achieve success in local, regional, and international contexts.” (Martha Pennington, Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Exploring the Diffusion and Diversification of English

    Evans, Stephen

    Pages 1-13

  • Language Trends in the Organs of Government

    Evans, Stephen

    Pages 15-31

  • Language Policies and Practices in Education

    Evans, Stephen

    Pages 33-52

  • English as a Business Lingua Franca

    Evans, Stephen

    Pages 53-70

  • The English-Using Community

    Evans, Stephen

    Pages 71-89

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eBook £29.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50624-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £37.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50623-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The English Language in Hong Kong
Book Subtitle
Diachronic and Synchronic Perspectives
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50624-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50624-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50623-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 136
Number of Illustrations and Tables
21 b/w illustrations
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