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Dictionary of Hong Kong English, A

Patrick J. Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf

Publication Year: 2011

This book is the first dictionary of Hong Kong English and one of the few non-native variety dictionaries of English. It includes only words and word senses that are particular to this variety or have a specific reference to Hong Kong; the dictionary thus contributes to legitimizing Hong Kong English as a variety in its own right. Although the main focus is on contemporary language use – from all domains of Hong Kong life –, historical terms and references are covered as well. Entries are designed according the state of the art in lexicography and show pronunciation, source language, frequency, authentic usage and cultural conceptualizations. As additional features, the dictionary provides a brief history of Hong Kong English, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, historical place names and their current equivalents, words of Hong Kong origin now in international use, as well as further reference material. There is an online reference section with further supporting material. Potential readership includes linguists interested in varieties of English (World Englishes), all Hongkongers using Hong Kong English (e.g., writers/journalists, government officials, teachers and students), tourists and business people.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-10

We would like to thank the following people who have contributed to the publication of this book: First of all, Patrick’s wife, Carrie Cummings (Chu Ka-lai), was our source of reference for questions related to Cantonese in general and the Chinese characters used in this dictionary. ...

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Introduction

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pp. x-xiii

This dictionary is the first of its kind, in more than one way. Despite the fact that established and identifiable second-language varieties of English exist around the world, respective variety-specific dictionaries are still rare. As to Hong Kong English (HKE), apart from short lists of HKE words (Bolton 2002), ...

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English in Hong Kong

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pp. xiv-xviii

Hong Kong is a political, cultural and linguistic borderland. European and Chinese cultures met in 1517, when the Portuguese started trading along the south coast of China. In the seventeenth century, the English came to the area, which became a linguistic contact zone between English, Portuguese, Chinese, and other languages. ...

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A Guide to Pronunciation

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pp. xix-xxi

In cases where the pronunciation of an entry is not self-evident for a speaker of English, i.e., especially words of Cantonese or Mandarin (Putonghua) origin, we have provided a guide to the pronunciation of these words (an exception are archaic words like yeuk, whose pronunciation and Chinese characters could not be verified). ...

References and Suggested Further Readings

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pp. xxii-xxiii

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A Guide to Frequency

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pp. xxiv-xxv

We decided to give the readers an idea of the frequency of the items listed in HKE usage. Our data is based on brief Google.hk surveys using the Hong Kong region restriction at different times in the year 2010. Admittedly, this specification does not allow for a high degree of accuracy, and there are limits to the reliability of this approach. ...

Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

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pp. xxvi-xxxii

Hong Kong English Dictionary

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pp. 1-34

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pp. 101-110

M

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pp. 111-120

N

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pp. 121-124

O

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pp. 125-128

P

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pp. 129-140

Q

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pp. 141-142

R

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pp. 143-148

S

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pp. 149-166

T

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pp. 167-180

U

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pp. 181-182

V

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pp. 183-184

W

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pp. 185-192

X

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pp. 193-194

Y

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pp. 195-200

Appendices

Cultural Conceptualizations

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pp. 203-205

Name Changes in Hong Kong and Neighboring Asia

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pp. 206-216

Hong Kong English Words Now Used Internationally

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pp. 217-220

Sources for the Text Examples

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pp. 221-276

Maps

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pp. 277-285


E-ISBN-13: 9789888053810
Print-ISBN-13: 9789888083305

Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 7 maps; 18 photos and 19 line drawings
Publication Year: 2011

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  • English language -- China -- Hong Kong -- Dictionaries.
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