The Politics of English in Hong Kong: Attitudes, Identity, and Use
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AbstractThe volume explores the impact of politics on attitudes, identity and use of Hong Kong English. The main data for the book are drawn from a survey released to all students at a large university in Hong Kong on the eve of the Umbrella Movement, September 26, 2014 as well as for two consecutive years thereafter (N = 845), as well as an expanded survey (based on findings from the previous survey) of over 1000 tertiary and secondary school students across Hong Kong conducted in 2017. Interview data and verbal guise language attitude data complement and expand the survey findings. Of particular interest is the impact of the increased political tension between Hong Kong and mainland China on attitudes towards and use of English, and Hong Kong English in specific, by Hong Kongers to assert a separate identity from mainland China. The book also examines the status of English in Hong Kong – from a colonial language and later retention as an official language in Hong Kong to it being viewed as a local language, one of Hong Kong’s own. The main data are drawn from the survey of nearly 2000 tertiary and secondary students as well as interviews with over 100 participants, including secondary and tertiary students from a range of institutions in Hong Kong as well as with members of the community at-large. Therefore, while the book focuses primarily on data from Hong Kong secondary and tertiary students, arguably the population of students at the forefront of political activism in Hong Kong, the books aims to situate these findings within the larger Hong Kong community to gain a more comprehensive understanding on how politics are influencing and shaping language attitudes in Hong Kong.
Acceptance Date23/11/2016
All Author(s) ListHansen Edwards Jette Gjaldbaek
Edition1st
Series TitleRoutledge Series on World Englishes
Year2018
Month11
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9781138036444
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsworld Englishes, Hong Kong English, language attitudes, Asian Englishes, politics

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