Factors affecting the acceptability of grammatical features of Hong Kong English

Shawnea Sum Pok Ting, Janice W S WONG

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Abstract

Although a large number of varieties of English in Asia have gained recognition as independent varieties, this has not been the case for Hong Kong English (HKE) (Jenkins, 2015: 162). The city has a low level of affiliation towards HKE (Jenkins, 2015: 167) and often laments its ever-falling standard of English (Leung, 2015). There exists a phenomenon of 'linguistic schizophrenia' - the community may recognise that a local variety of English exists and conform to its features in practice, but it still looks to native varieties as the norm and views local features as evidence of deteriorating language standards (Kachru, 1983: 118).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalEnglish Today
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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