Chinese Englishes: A Sociolinguistic History

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This book explores the history of the English language in China from the arrival of the first English-speaking traders in the early seventeenth century to the present. Kingsley Bolton brings together and examines a substantial body of historical, linguistic, and sociolinguistic research on the description and analysis of English in Hong Kong and China. He uses early word-lists, satirical cartoons and data from journals and memoirs, as well as more conventional sources, to uncover the forgotten history of English ...
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This book explores the history of the English language in China from the arrival of the first English-speaking traders in the early seventeenth century to the present. Kingsley Bolton brings together and examines a substantial body of historical, linguistic, and sociolinguistic research on the description and analysis of English in Hong Kong and China. He uses early word-lists, satirical cartoons and data from journals and memoirs, as well as more conventional sources, to uncover the forgotten history of English in China and to show how contemporary Hong Kong English has its historical roots in Chinese pidgin English. The book also considers the varying status of English in Mainland China over time, and recent developments since 1997. With its interdisciplinary perspective, the book will appeal not only to linguists, but to all those working in the fields as Asian studies and English studies, including those concerned with cultural and literary studies.
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'Bolton's Chinese Englishes presents us with a detailed and insightful account of English in Hong Kong and southern China from linguistic, sociolinguistic, and historical perspectives. In this respect, it is a unique contribution to the literature on World Englishes, which has so far largely ignored the historical dimensions of varieties of English around the world. It is clearly a book that anyone interested in this area of research should own, not least because it is likely to become the standard source of reference for future research on the English of China. At the same time, it should be of considerable interest to others in the field of World Englishes for the comprehensive and radically historical approach that it takes to its subject matter.' Journal of English Language and Linguistics
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521811637
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Studies in English Language Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Kingsley Bolton is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Hong Kong, where he lectures on sociolinguistics and World Englishes. He has published a number of books and articles on sociolinguistics, Asian Englishes, Hong Kong English, Chinese pidgin English, and Chinese secret societies.

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Table of Contents

List of maps
List of illustrations
list of tables
Preface
Acknowledgement
1 New Englishes and World Englishes: pluricentric approaches to English worldwide 1
2 The sociolinguistics of English in late colonial Hong Kong, 1980-1997 50
3 The archaeology of 'Chinese Englishes', 1637-1949 122
4 The emergency of Hong Kong English as a 'new English' 197
5 Hong Kong, China and Chinese Englishes 226
App. 1 Chinese dialects in China 259
App. 2 Chinese dialects in Guangdong (Canton) province 262
App. 3 The Yale system for transcribing Cantonese 264
App. 4 The Common Foreign Language of the Redhaired People (1835) 266
App. 5 The vocabulary of Hong Kong English 288
References 298
Index 327
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