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|Title: ||A study of language choice and language shift among the Hakka-speaking population in Hong Kong, with a primary focus on Sha Tau Kok|
|Other Titles: ||Xianggang Kejia ren de yu yan xuan ze he yu yan zhuan yi yan jiu : yi Shatoujiao wei zhu yao jiao dian|
香港客家人的語言選擇和語言轉移研究 : 以沙頭角為主要焦點
|Authors: ||Lee, Sherman (李雪曼)|
|Department: ||Department of English and Communication|
|Degree: ||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Publisher: ||City University of Hong Kong|
|Subjects: ||Hakka dialects -- China -- Hong Kong.|
Hakka (Chinese people) -- China -- Hong Kong.
|Notes: ||CityU Call Number: PL1860.H6 L44 2008|
xiii, 328 leaves : ill. 30 cm.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 300-323)
|Abstract: ||This thesis explores the sociolinguistic practices of members of a minority language
community in Hong Kong, the Hakka community, with a primary focus on Hakka
speakers in Sha Tau Kok. The study is informed by two complementary levels of
sociolinguistic inquiry. At the macro-level, the study aims to investigate the extent of
language shift from Hakka to the predominant societal language, Cantonese, by
examining patterns of language choice and language use among speakers, and to
identify the social and sociolinguistic factors most associated with variations in those
patterns of language choice. At the micro-level, the study aims to analyse language
behaviour from an interactional perspective by examining the patterns and
communicative purposes of conversational code-switching among bilingual Hakka
speakers using a conversation analytic approach.
The informant sample comprised 32 male and female Hakka speakers aged between 9
and 82 from nine separate families in Sha Tau Kok and other parts of Hong Kong. A
combination of methods was used to collect data on language choice and language use
patterns, social network and other social background information, and conversational
data, including informal interviews, recordings of spontaneous conversations and
participant observation in the informants’ homes.
The findings on language choice and variation show clear evidence of language shift,
with individual variables such as age and social network characteristics appearing to
be strongly related to the language behaviour of speakers. The interactional data
suggests that bilingual speakers systematically employ code-switching as a
communicative resource and that this code-switching serves both participant and
Through its adoption of a social network approach to data collection and analysis, this
study illustrates the application of an originally Western construct to an Asian setting.
The research also contributes to the limited empirical data on a minority Chinese
variety in Hong Kong and that on code-switching between two varieties of Chinese.|
|Online Catalog Link: ||http://lib.cityu.edu.hk/record=b2340779|
|Appears in Collections:||EN - Doctor of Philosophy |
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