Hong Kong words: variation and context

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The ideal description of a variety of English is one that is constructed within the terms of the variety itself. This paper discusses a number of issues involved in such a description in relation to the distinctive vocabulary of Hong Kong English. Attention to semantic and pragmatic relationships internal to the variety and the sociocultural context in which it operates is urged. These are illustrated with examples related to underlying definition, taxonomies, semantic opposition and the productivity of localised words.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-380
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Englishes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes


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