Title

Patterns of variation in the consonantal phonology of Hong Kong English

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

English World-Wide

Publication Date

5-1-2010

Volume

31

Issue

2

First Page

138

Last Page

161

Keywords

Hong Kong English, Implicational scaling, Intelligibility, New varieties of English, Phonological features

Abstract

This paper examines inter-speaker phonological variation within a mini-corpus of spoken Hong Kong English. The study focuses on consonantal features, and indicates that variation in the use of these features follows patterns that are implicational or hierarchical in nature. The findings are presented in the form of an implicational scale, in which the use of a particular feature by a speaker implies the use of other features by that speaker. The implicational patterns are discussed with reference to the intelligibility characteristics of the features and possible developmental pathways among L2 users. The possible relevance of the findings for areas of study such as the description of new varieties of English is also considered, with particular regard to pedagogical applications.

DOI

10.1075/eww.31.2.02sew

Print ISSN

01728865

E-ISSN

15699730

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Recommended Citation

Sewell, A., & Chan, J. (2010). Patterns of variation in the consonantal phonology of Hong Kong English. English World-Wide, 31(2), 138-161. doi: 10.1075/eww.31.2.02sew