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Brenda Danet and Susan C. Herring

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304794.001.0001

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Linguistic Features of Email and ICQ Instant Messaging in Hong Kong

Linguistic Features of Email and ICQ Instant Messaging in Hong Kong

(p.184) 8 Linguistic Features of Email and ICQ Instant Messaging in Hong Kong
The Multilingual Internet

Carmen K. M. Lee

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the linguistic features of CMC in Hong Kong, based on a 70,000-word corpus of email and ICQ messages collected mainly from undergraduate students whose first language is Cantonese, with English as their second language. Text analysis of the messages was complemented by a questionnaire survey. The study provides a comprehensive overview of CMC features in Hong Kong, including Cantonese-English code mixing and morpheme-by-morpheme literal translations. The analysis reveals that some CMC features observed in Hong Kong are different from those of other Chinese-speaking communities, such as the Taiwan-based CMC community described in Chapter 3, while other findings are comparable to those in previous studies of CMC in Chinese-speaking contexts.

Keywords:   Cantonese, Chinese, code mixing, English, linguistic features, romanization, writing systems

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