What can the corpus of mid-20th century Hong Kong Cantonese tell us about Hong Kong society of half a century ago?

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2020 Bianca Basciano, Franco Gatti, Anna Morbiato for the text. Copyright © 2020 Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing for the present edition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorpus-based research on Chinese language and linguistics
EditorsBianca BASCIANO, Franco GATTI, Anna MORBIATO
Place of PublicationVenezia
PublisherEdizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing
Pages283-301
ISBN (Electronic)9788869694066
ISBN (Print)9788869694073
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Citation

Chin, A. (2020). What can the corpus of mid-20th century Hong Kong Cantonese tell us about Hong Kong society of half a century ago? In B. Basciano, F. Gatti, & A. Morbiato (Eds.), Corpus-based research on Chinese language and linguistics (pp. 283-301). Venezia: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing.

Keywords

  • Corpus-based sociolinguistic study
  • Cantonese corpus
  • Early Hong Kong society
  • Terms of address
  • Family culture

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