The pronunciation of Hong Kong English
- Authors: David Deterding 1 ; Jennie Wong 2 ; Andy Kirkpatrick
- Source: English World-Wide, Volume 29, Issue 2, 01 January 2008 , pages 148 –175
This paper provides a detailed description of the pronunciation of English by fifteen fourth-year undergraduates at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. First, the occurrence of American features of pronunciation is considered. Then there is an analysis of the pronunciation of initial TH, initial and final consonant clusters, L-vocalisation, conflation between initial [n] and [l], monophthong vowels, the vowels in FACE and GOAT, vowel reduction, rhythm and sentence stress. Finally, the status of Hong Kong English is considered, particularly the extent of its continuing alignment with an exonormative standard.
Affiliations: 1: Universiti Brunei Darussalam; 2: Hong Kong Institute of Education