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What Can the Corpus of Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Cantonese Tell Us About Hong Kong Society of Half a Century Ago?

Andy Chin    The Education University of Hong Kong    

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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.

Accepted
March 29, 2020
Submitted
March 6, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-407-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-406-6

Keywords: Early Hong Kong societyCorpus-based sociolinguistic studyCantonese corpusFamily cultureTerms of address

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