A Dictionary of Hong Kong English: Words from the Fragrant Harbor (Paperback)

A Dictionary of Hong Kong English: Words from the Fragrant Harbor By Patrick J. Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf Cover Image


This book is the first dictionary of Hong Kong English and one of the few non-native variety dictionaries of English. It includes only words and word senses that are particular to this variety or have a specific reference to Hong Kong, and thus contributes to legitimizing Hong Kong English as a variety in its own right. While the main focus is on contemporary language use, from all domains of Hong Kong life, historical terms and references are covered as well. Entries are designed according the state of the art in lexicography and show pronunciation, source language, frequency, authentic usage, and cultural conceptualizations. As additional features, the dictionary provides a brief history of Hong Kong English, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, historical place names and their current equivalents, words of Hong Kong origin now in international use, as well as further reference material.

About the Author

Patrick J. Cummings has been teaching both English and science in Hong Kong for more than a decade. His current research interest is assessment vocabulary for second language learners of English. Hans-Georg Wolf is chair professor for Development and Variation of the English Language at Potsdam University, Germany. His research interests include sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, and pragmatics. Currently, his main focus lies on the application of cognitive sociolinguistics to the study of varieties of English.

Praise For…

“This guide to Hong Kong’s special brand of English is full of fascinating detail, presented in a highly accessible manner. There is something here for every kind of reader, from the visitor to Hong Kong seeking insight into typical Hong Kong forms of lif

“This collection of several hundred English words with specific senses assigned to them by speakers of Hong Kong English (HKE) in the past few generations is a timely publication to inform the debate, whether HKE can be looked upon as an independent varie

Product Details
ISBN: 9789888083305
ISBN-10: 9888083309
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English