Title

English and its role in Hong Kong's cultural identity

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Identity: A Global Perspective

Publication Date

2011

First Page

3

Last Page

13

Publisher

Nova Science

Keywords

Language diversity, Cultural identity, International shipping industry

Abstract

The international maritime industry consists of a global web of shipping that covers the oceans and connects all continents on the earth. In this multinational, multiethnic and multicultural environment the English language has emerged as the lingua franca of the sea. By consensus—and, indeed, by UN resolution—it is the means through which communication takes place wherever language barriers exist. But, as many mishaps at sea prove, understanding among seafarers is not always sufficient and complete. This chapter describes the shift in demographics in global shipping and identifies the two major barriers which exist in communication at sea: the difficulties encountered by some language speakers to become proficient in the prescribed language of Maritime English and the cultural as well as sociolinguistic perceptions and conventions which can create obstacles when it comes to understanding each other. It concludes that a pedagogically sound and culturally sensitive approach to maritime English teaching needs to be adopted.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2011 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9781612096025

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Phillipson, S., Raquel, M. R., & Gube, J. C. (2011). English and its role in Hong Kong's cultural identity. In T. Le & Q. Le (Eds.), Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Identity: A Global Perspective (pp. 3-13). New York: Nova Science.

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