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English in Hong Kong Cantopop: language choice, code-switching and genre
BRIAN HOK-SHING CHAN
2009
Source PublicationWorld Englishes
ISSN0883-2919
Volume28Issue:1Pages:107-129
Abstract

Code-switching research has focused on spontaneous conversation, and code-switching has often been seen as a consequence of bilinguals attending to and extending the “macro” status and functions of the two languages in society, attitudes towards these languages, and their cultural connotations, for instance, the “we-code” vs. “they-code” distinction. In the Hong Kong context, code-switching to English has been primarily considered as quoting “Western” concepts and ideas, conveying referential and connotative meanings absent in Cantonese. Investigating a corpus of planned discourse, namely, Cantonese popular songs (i.e. Cantopop) in Hong Kong, this paper finds that the status and functions of English in Cantopop are more variable and flexible, beyond a mere symbol of “Western” culture or identity. Nonetheless, these functions can be attributed to the properties of the pop song genre, namely, Cantopop as poetic text, media text, and a product of pop culture; in particular, code-switching fits into the rhyming scheme, marks text structure, indexes prior texts, and conveys alternative identities.

DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-971X.2008.01572.x
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaLinguistics
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000263325800007
PublisherWILEY, 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Corresponding AuthorBRIAN HOK-SHING CHAN
AffiliationDepartment of English, University of Macau, Av. Padre Tomas Pereira, S.J., Taipa, Macau, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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BRIAN HOK-SHING CHAN. English in Hong Kong Cantopop: language choice, code-switching and genre[J]. World Englishes,2009,28(1):107-129.
APA BRIAN HOK-SHING CHAN.(2009).English in Hong Kong Cantopop: language choice, code-switching and genre.World Englishes,28(1),107-129.
MLA BRIAN HOK-SHING CHAN."English in Hong Kong Cantopop: language choice, code-switching and genre".World Englishes 28.1(2009):107-129.
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