Topics include the history, structure, and sounds of HKE. The role of the handover in 1997 in the role of English will be examined, but the focus of the course is on how young people, local and expatriate, use English in Hong Kong.




At the end of the course, you will understand why HKE is distinguishable from English in other countries/cities. You should end the course with a new respect for HKE, not as an error-ridden form of British or American English, but as a viable language existing alongside other Englishes.




There are three class-hours each week (Fridays 14:30—17:20). The first hour will usually comprise a lecture, followed by a practical workshop session in which students will learn and use some of the tools employed in linguistic analysis and the study of world Englishes; the third hour will be for consultations or tutorials, and in-class writing assignments, as required. Attendance is required at all sessions. (Note: there are only 11 Fridays this semester. In order to include 12 lecture hours and 12 workshop hours, one of the 16:30-17:20 sessions will be a lecture; one will be a workshop.)




In-class writing assignments (six, each worth 5%)


Project (individually chosen; to be discussed with instructor)


In your project, you will present original research; you will be expected to obtain your data from a community in Hong Kong. Each student will have an individualized topic, chosen in negotiation with the instructor. You will need to meet with the instructor before Reading Week to discuss your project.




Digital readings will be provided and students are expected to find additional materials via the HKU Library digital databases.



Last updated: 19 July 2017