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TitleOn the features of Hong Kong English : a corpus analysis
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Culnan, J. M.. (2016). On the features of Hong Kong English : a corpus analysis. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.
AbstractTo date, research on Hong Kong English (HKE) has not included comprehensive examinations of the variety on the basis of its morphosyntactic features; rather, individual features, phonetic patterns or lexical idiosyncrasies have been used as a means of discussing general tendencies (see Bolton, 2000; Bolton, 2002; Sewell, 2015; Wong, 2007; and Wong, 2010 for previous studies). The present study starts by establishing HKE as a separate dialect through a statistical comparison with American English (AmE) and British English (BrE) used in statistical dialectology (Szmrecsanyi, 2011). Subsequently, the most frequent features and those that occur in significantly different amounts in HKE than in AmE or BrE are discovered by examining three natural language corpora using a set of 76 morphosyntactic features developed by Kortmann and Szmrecsanyi (2004) for comparison of dialects of English. This analysis identifies the ten morphosyntactic features that are most common in written HKE and a set of fourteen key features of HKE: Nonstandard Article Use, No Plural Markers in Measure Words, No Past Tense, Leveling of Present Perfect and Simple Past, Was/Were Generalization, No 3rd Singular Present -s, 3rd Singular Present -s for All Present Tense, Serial Verbs, Subject Gapping, Lack of Inversion in Yes/No Questions, Lack of Inversion/Auxiliaries in wh- Questions, and Inverted Word Order in Indirect Questions, plus a notable absence of the features Adverb Form Matches Adjective, and Degree Modifiers Lack -ly.
DegreeMaster of Arts
SubjectEnglish language - China - Hong Kong
Corpora (Linguistics)
Dept/ProgramLinguistics
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230623

 

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dc.contributor.authorCulnan, John Michael-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-31T23:41:53Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-31T23:41:53Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationCulnan, J. M.. (2016). On the features of Hong Kong English : a corpus analysis. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230623-
dc.description.abstractTo date, research on Hong Kong English (HKE) has not included comprehensive examinations of the variety on the basis of its morphosyntactic features; rather, individual features, phonetic patterns or lexical idiosyncrasies have been used as a means of discussing general tendencies (see Bolton, 2000; Bolton, 2002; Sewell, 2015; Wong, 2007; and Wong, 2010 for previous studies). The present study starts by establishing HKE as a separate dialect through a statistical comparison with American English (AmE) and British English (BrE) used in statistical dialectology (Szmrecsanyi, 2011). Subsequently, the most frequent features and those that occur in significantly different amounts in HKE than in AmE or BrE are discovered by examining three natural language corpora using a set of 76 morphosyntactic features developed by Kortmann and Szmrecsanyi (2004) for comparison of dialects of English. This analysis identifies the ten morphosyntactic features that are most common in written HKE and a set of fourteen key features of HKE: Nonstandard Article Use, No Plural Markers in Measure Words, No Past Tense, Leveling of Present Perfect and Simple Past, Was/Were Generalization, No 3rd Singular Present -s, 3rd Singular Present -s for All Present Tense, Serial Verbs, Subject Gapping, Lack of Inversion in Yes/No Questions, Lack of Inversion/Auxiliaries in wh- Questions, and Inverted Word Order in Indirect Questions, plus a notable absence of the features Adverb Form Matches Adjective, and Degree Modifiers Lack -ly.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.subject.lcshEnglish language - China - Hong Kong-
dc.subject.lcshCorpora (Linguistics)-
dc.titleOn the features of Hong Kong English : a corpus analysis-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5784064-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineLinguistics-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-

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