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Seminar at Speech, Music and Hearing:

Researching Chinese Englishes

Kingsley Bolton, Department of English, Stockholm University


In this seminar, Kingsley Bolton discusses his own experiences of researching English in China, with special reference to English in Hong Kong, as well as the history of English in China. The first part of the talk will deal with sociolinguistic research carried out in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region HKSAR of China in the years 1983-2003. The later sections of the seminar proceed to discuss how research on Hong Kong in the 1980s-90s then led to the detailed investigation of the social history of English in China from the 1600s to the present.

Kingsley Bolton is Professor of English Linguistics at Stockholm University, Sweden, where he lectures on language and society and world Englishes. He has published books and articles on sociolinguistics, Asian Englishes, Hong Kong English, Chinese pidgin English, and Chinese secret societies. Recent publications include Chinese Englishes: A Sociolinguistic History (Cambridge University Press, 2003), World Englishes: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (with Braj B. Kachru, Routledge, 2006), and Hong Kong English: Autonomy and Creativity (2002). In addition, he is the founding editor of the HKU Press book series, Asian Englishes Today, and Honorary Professor at The University of Hong Kong. .

This seminar is organized by the Unit for Language and Communication.

Philip Shaw

13:30 - 15:30
Monday December 4, 2006

The seminar is held in Fantum.

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