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Loanwords from English in Hong Kong Cantonese
(2,755 words)

1. History

English words must have started coming into the Cantonese lexicon soon after the British maritime trade brought the two peoples and their languages into contact with each other in the 17th century. As early as 1637, the English mercantile trader Peter Mundy, who traveled to Macau and Canton on an expedition led by Captain John Weddell, kept a written record of t…

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Kang Kwong LUKE, “Loanwords from English in Hong Kong Cantonese”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000039>
First published online: 2015



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