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Sat Nov 07 2009

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Decline of the General Hakka Accent in Hong Kong: Lau

Message 1: The Decline of the General Hakka Accent in Hong Kong: Lau
Date: 25-Oct-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Decline of the General Hakka Accent in Hong Kong: Lau
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Title: The Decline of the General Hakka Accent in Hong Kong
Subtitle: A Comparison of "Old-Style" and "New-Style" as spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Hong Kong
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 40
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Chunfat Lau
Paperback: ISBN: 3895866776 Pages: 272 Price: Europe EURO 89.60

This thesis is a field work collection of the existing variety of Hakka
dialect spoken by the indigenous population of Hong Kong and a comparison
of the Old- and New-Style. The comparison enables us to see how the
Cantonese dialect has affected its phonology, vocabulary and grammar. Hakka
was widely spoken in the rural area of Hong Kong before the city developed
into a metropolis after the seventies. In the last 50 years, Hong Kong
emerged as a metropolis with Cantonese dominating the school, the media and
later also the Government. Hakka is now restricted to remote settlements,
old people and only in the family or village domain. Therefore, this is the
last minute to catch a picture of the vanishing Hakka dialect in Hong Kong.

The author's analysis shows that Hakka as spoken in Hong Kong is strongly
affected by Cantonese, and almost every Hakka speaker is subject to with
different degree of Cantonese influence. This is an interesting picture of
a vanishing dialect, so far unreported, not at least with such a breadth
and depth. It serves as a record of how a weaker language confronting a
stronger language dies out in a matter of two generations.

2nd printing 2009.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Hakka (hak)

Written In: English (eng )

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