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postgraduate thesis: A comparison of the Cantonese pronunciations recorded in Shangwu xin cidian and Yueyin yunhui

TitleA comparison of the Cantonese pronunciations recorded in Shangwu xin cidian and Yueyin yunhui
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Sung, Y. Y. [宋尔芸]. (2012). A comparison of the Cantonese pronunciations recorded in Shangwu xin cidian and Yueyin yunhui = "Shang wu xin ci dian" yu "Yue yin yun hui" yue yu zhu yin bi jiao yan jiu. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b4842178
AbstractAlthough we see an increasing use of Putonghua in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover, under the government’s language policy encouraging bi-literacy and tri-lingualism, Cantonese still retains its dominant position in the territory, where a continuing concern over “proper” Cantonese pronunciation persists. To join in this discussion, the present thesis compares Cantonese pronunciation contained in a recently published Chinese dictionary, The New Commercial Press Dictionary (Shangwu xin cidian 商務新詞典, appearing in 2010), with that in a classical reference A Chinese Syllabary Pronounced According to the Dialect of Canton (Yueyin yunhui粵音韻彙, first published in 1941). A detailed analysis reveals that among the 5,872 common characters, 1,182 differ in their Cantonese pronunciation. Apart from differences in phonological makeup, the two books also diverge in their treatment of literary versus colloquial, and archaic versus contemporary readings. This is most likely due to their 70-year span and disparate natures – a dictionary versus a syllabary.
DegreeMaster of Arts
SubjectCantonese dialects - Pronunciation.
Dept/ProgramChinese Language and Literature

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorSung, Ye-wan, Yvonne.-
dc.contributor.author宋尔芸.-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationSung, Y. Y. [宋尔芸]. (2012). A comparison of the Cantonese pronunciations recorded in Shangwu xin cidian and Yueyin yunhui = "Shang wu xin ci dian" yu "Yue yin yun hui" yue yu zhu yin bi jiao yan jiu. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b4842178-
dc.description.abstractAlthough we see an increasing use of Putonghua in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover, under the government’s language policy encouraging bi-literacy and tri-lingualism, Cantonese still retains its dominant position in the territory, where a continuing concern over “proper” Cantonese pronunciation persists. To join in this discussion, the present thesis compares Cantonese pronunciation contained in a recently published Chinese dictionary, The New Commercial Press Dictionary (Shangwu xin cidian 商務新詞典, appearing in 2010), with that in a classical reference A Chinese Syllabary Pronounced According to the Dialect of Canton (Yueyin yunhui粵音韻彙, first published in 1941). A detailed analysis reveals that among the 5,872 common characters, 1,182 differ in their Cantonese pronunciation. Apart from differences in phonological makeup, the two books also diverge in their treatment of literary versus colloquial, and archaic versus contemporary readings. This is most likely due to their 70-year span and disparate natures – a dictionary versus a syllabary.-
dc.languagechi-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B48421789-
dc.subject.lcshCantonese dialects - Pronunciation.-
dc.titleA comparison of the Cantonese pronunciations recorded in Shangwu xin cidian and Yueyin yunhui-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb4842178-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineChinese Language and Literature-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b4842178-
dc.date.hkucongregation2012-

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