Hong Kong's social development and language change in the last 50 years = ????????????????

by Chan, Man-fong

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract of thesis entitled "Hong Kong's Social Development and Language Change in the Last 50 years."( ^?e+?ftft##JSfligW^{-t: ) Submitted by Chan Man Fong, Mandy for the degree of Master of Philosophy at The University of Hong Kong in November, 2004. Languages are. dynamic and are ever-changing. One example is the evolution of vocabulary. The rise and fall of vocabulary usually associate with various sociological factors such as cultural, political situations and technology development of a city. In the past 50 years, numerous "new" vocabularies have been created and can now easily be found in daily Chinese newspapers. On the other hand, "old" vocabularies that are no longer applicable to the contemporary world would need to be revolutionized or otherwise cannot escape the fate of elimination. This thesis describes the analysis of several representative vocabularies sampled from 1950s to 2000 in Hong Kong, with the aim to investigate the social rules and norms that affect or constrain the development of the "old" and "new" vocabularies. The thesis has three main focuses. First, I described the social changes and phenomenon of Hong Kong in the last 50 years. Second, I used different examples of "old" and "new" vocabularies collected from local Chinese newspapers in the past 50 years in order to explain the development of language. In particular, I investigated relationship various "constrained vocabularies", such as slang, euphemism and jargons, and the development of a .community; Third,.I attempted to correlate the development of vocabularies and social changes in Hong'Kong. My analysis leads to a conclusion that the development of vocabularies in Hong Kong is closely associated with various sociological factors including educational, political and economical variables in a society, in summary, my investigation demonstrated the role that the society plays in the definition and development of vocabularies, and languages in a broader sense. (263 words)
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:linguistic change social aspects china hong kong chinese language slang euphemism


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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