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David C. S. Li; Wong Tak-sum – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2024
This study aims at investigating how loanwords from Japanese and Korean are used in informal written Cantonese media discourse, including print and social media. Data from these media were collected from designated websites for 15?min every other day over a two-week period. The results show that loanwords from Korean, being written in a…
Descriptors: Linguistic Borrowing, Sino Tibetan Languages, Pronunciation, Language Variation
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Militello, Jacqueline – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
For newly met acquaintances, deployment of a single lexical term, an emblem such as "tech" or "finance," signals where one stands in the professional universe and points to any manner of traits and characteristics or a certain type of person. This positioning and evaluation has pivotal real-world implications for occupational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Usage, Professional Personnel, Interpersonal Communication
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Hansen Edwards, Jette G. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
The study employs a case study approach to examine the impact of educational backgrounds on nine Hong Kong tertiary students' English and Cantonese language practices and identifications as native speakers of English and Cantonese. The study employed both survey and interview data to probe the participants' English and Cantonese language use at…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, Language of Instruction, Sino Tibetan Languages, Self Concept
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Chan, Clara Ho-yan – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
This paper proposes law drafting techniques, especially in Chinese, that aim to enhance the fluency and readability of Hong Kong bilingual legislation. The study is based on the plain language guide published by the Department of Justice of Hong Kong in 2012, with the goal of helping the current legislation to comply with the guidelines. Using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Legislation, Language Usage, Bilingualism
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Gu, Michelle – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This paper, drawing on the notion of symbolic competence and insights from complexity theory, investigates the multilingual practices of university students in group discussions. The data analysis reveals that the protagonists' language uses index the various ways in which their rehearsal of potential identities, language ideologies, histories,…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Intercultural Communication, College Students, Communication Strategies
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Lai, Ling Mee – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2012
Four years after the sovereignty of Hong Kong was returned from Britain to China, a survey was conducted in 2001 to examine the attitudes of students toward Cantonese (the vernacular language), English (the colonizer's and international language), and Putonghua (the new ruler's language) in the early postcolonial era of Hong Kong. Eight years…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Followup Studies
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Lee, Cynthia – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2011
Extending Lee's (Pragmatics 15: 395-422, 2005) work, the researcher further investigates the requestive behaviour of a group of Cantonese learners of English (CLEs) in Hong Kong in terms of their strategy and linguistic preference. The data were collected from a discourse completion test (DCT). Their requestive behaviour is studied in three…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, Syntax, Linguistics, Foreign Countries
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Fong, Emily Tsz Yan – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2010
Hong Kong popular culture played an important role in the construction and consolidation of Hong Kong identity long before the handover to China. In the past few years leading up to the 10th anniversary of the handover, both Hong Kong and China have undergone numerous changes which seem to be changing their relations. Whilst Hong Kong people had…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Intergroup Relations, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese
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Chen, Katherine Hoi Ying – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2008
Li Wei (1995) notes that relatively little sociolinguistic work on bilingualism has attempted to analyze and compare the complex relationships between aspects of language choice and code-switching among subgroups of the same community. This study aims to investigate the co-existence of two structurally different Cantonese-English code-switching…
Descriptors: Participant Observation, Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Bilingualism