On the Diachrony of the language phenomena in Hong Kong

Wai Mun LEUNG, Wing Li Wu

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This paper attempts to analyze the language phenomena of Hong Kong from the diachronic perspective. When Hong Kong was ceded to Britain in 1842, the different groups of inhabitants of Hong Kong Island apparently could hardly communicate with one another. With the rapid development of new towns to the north of the Island, the massive population migration to the New Territories and the broadcasting of mass media from the 1970s onwards, the language barrier in the area finally collapsed. As a result, Guangzhou dialect, referred to simply as Hong Kong Cantonese, gradually became the dominant accent and gained an irreplaceable status. Copyright © 2007 Canadian Center of Science and Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-90
JournalAsian Social Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


Leung, W.-M., & Wu, W.-L. (2007). On the Diachrony of the language phenomena in Hong Kong. Asian Social Science, 3(12), 85-90.


  • Cantonese
  • Diachronic perspective
  • Guangzhou Dialect
  • Hong Kong


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