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ERIC Number: ED354740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1015-2059
Plural Marking in Hong Kong English.
Budge, Carol
Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v12 p39-48 Apr 1989
A study investigated patterns in plural marking in the English spoken in Hong Kong, largely as a second language. It focused on the effect of three types of prenominal morphemes: (1) those that are neutral with respect to plurality (e.g., "other, certain"); (2) modifiers indicating the noun should be marked for plural (e.g., "one of the, all, fewer"); and (3) the modifiers "some, any." The results suggest that the Hong Kong English speaker tends to mark plural where there is some semantic reminder that the noun is to be so marked, especially where the reminder is strong or unambiguous. Two additional factors appeared to play a part in plural marking. One was separation of the noun from the plural-indicating marker, and the other was a specific phonological environment, the ending of the stem form in the voiceless alveolar fricative (/s). Examination of secondary material supported these findings. Possible influence of the background language (Chinese) is discussed and similar findings for Singapore English are examined. (Contains 13 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; Singapore