This study about the linguistic landscape of Hong Kong was conducted 12 years after the People's Republic of China (PRC) reclaimed sovereignty over the city. A total of 1160 visual signs displayed in open public spaces in four selected areas of Hong Kong were analysed. These sites extend from the very heart of the city to a small town near the border with the PRC. Through analysis of the assembled photographic evidence, it is able to establish baseline data that help answer three major questions namely: to what extent is Hong Kong a multilingual city; how prominent is the influence of the PRC after the change of sovereignty; and how far is the presence of minority groups represented in the linguistic landscape of Hong Kong. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
CitationLai, M. L. (2013). The linguistic landscape of Hong Kong after the change of sovereignty. International Journal of Multilingualism, 10(3), 251-272.
- Linguistic landscape
- Hong Kong
- China influence