The origins of Chinese Pidgin English: Evidence from Colin Campbell's diary

Philip BENSON

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Abstract

This paper describes some intimate details of the trade interactions between European traders and Chinese merchants and officials in the 1730s. Although it might be thought that the "linguist" or interpreter would mediate such interactions, the role of the linguist was complex, and he was often specifically excluded from negotiations. The data lend support to the theory that CPE arose out of direct trade negotiations between Chinese merchants and English-speaking traders around this time. Copyright © 2005 English Centre, University of Hong Kong. Copyright © 2005 English Centre, University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-77
JournalHong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005

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Colin Campbell
Pidgin English
Traders
Interaction
Merchants
Diary
Interpreter
1730s
Hong Kong

Citation

Benson, P. (2005). The origins of Chinese Pidgin English: Evidence from Colin Campell's diary. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 10(1), 59-77.

Keywords

  • Development of Subject Knowledge
  • English Language