Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0957-6851
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9838
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In May 1997, a matched guise test was conducted on 304 college students in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Guangzhou.The stimulus material was presented in 4 guises: Cantonese, English, Putonghua, and Putonghua with Cantonese accent.Major findings: (1) What distinguished Hong Kong subjects’ sociolinguistic identity was not Cantonese, Englishor Putonghua as found in previous studies, but Putonghua with Cantonese accent. In light of Brewer’s (1991)optimal distinctiveness theory, this would suggest parallel needs of “being Chinese” and “beingHongkongers.” (2) Guangzhou was closer to Beijing rather than to Hong Kong in language attitudes. The cuttingboundary appeared between the mainland and Hong Kong, not between Cantonese-speaking and non-Cantonese-speakingcommunities.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): handover; language attitude; matched guise
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