What Can the Corpus of Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Cantonese Tell Us About Hong Kong Society of Half a Century Ago?
This paper reports on a corpus-based sociolinguistic study of terms of address with a special focus on kinship terms found in The Corpus of Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Cantonese, which has a size of about one million Chinese character tokens. The corpus data was collected by transcribing the speech dialogues of 81 black-and-white movies produced in Hong Kong between 1940 and 1970. The kinship terms extracted from the corpus can tell us about the family structure and marital life of Hong Kong six decades ago.
keywords: Corpus-based sociolinguistic study. Cantonese corpus. Early Hong Kong society. Terms of address. Family culture.
Language: enSubmitted: March 6, 2020 Accepted: March 29, 2020 Published: Dec. 21, 2020