Hong Kong English

Exploring Lexicogrammar and Discourse from a Corpus-Linguistic Perspective

  • May Wong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. May Wong
    Pages 1-27
  3. Lexicogrammar

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
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      Pages 31-52
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      Pages 53-70
  4. Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
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      Pages 73-101
    3. May Wong
      Pages 155-163
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 165-213

About this book


This book systematically examines the linguistic features and socio-cultural issues of ‘Hong Kong English’. The author focuses on authentic data taken from the International Corpus of English (the Hong Kong component) and the Corpus of Global Web-based English to track the ways in which the English language in Hong Kong has been adapted by its users. She also analyses the emergence of new forms and structures in its grammar and discourse. While the phonetic and phonological aspects of this variety of English have been well documented, its grammatical peculiarities and social language use have been hitherto neglected. This book offers original insights into the grammatical and pragmatic/discoursal features of Hong Kong English and will therefore be of interest to those working in fields such as World Englishes and corpus linguistics.


Corpus linguistics World Englishes Asian varieties of English Hong Kong English International Corpus of English ICE-HK

Authors and affiliations

  • May Wong
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of Hong KongPok Fu LamHong Kong

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