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Hong Kong English
(2,676 words)

English-speaking businesspeople started trading in earnest with Canton in the south of China from the beginning of the 19th century. These traders represented three groups: employees from the East India company; traders with their main offices in Scotland and England, of which Jardine Matheson was the best known company; and American traders. The language of communication among these traders was a form of pidgin English, comprised of a mix between English and Cantonese. Despite being classified …

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Andy KIRKPATRICK, “Hong Kong English”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000180>
First published online: 2015

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