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By Jane Setter; Cathy S P Wong; Brian Hok-Shing Chan

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The tense-switching feature mirrors the pattern observed in Speaker 1 above. g. talk, jump, follow). (47) looked ‡ move ‡ is . . ‡ . . use ‡ happen ‡ was ‡ grew . . ‡ . . didn’t understand ‡ talk . . ‡ . . ask ‡ do . . order . . ‡ . . order ‡ took . . ‡ . . said ‡ order . . ‡ . . broke ‡ injure . . ‡ . . climb ‡ jump ‡ jumped ‡ follow . . ‡ . . were ‡ live . . ‡ . . got ‡ live . . In other words, Deterding’s (2007) description of Singapore English may only partially explain the frequent use of the present tense in Hong Kong English.

Rope bridge [brid ] {10-MT:03:13} When the KIT/FLEECE vowel occurs word-initially in Hong Kong English, there may be a palatal glide leading into it. Speaker 9 demonstrates this in his production of easy: (51) and like sport game . . yeah which is easy [jisi] {09-HE:07:22} Turning to pairs GOOSE/FOOT: one of the interesting features of this vowel pair is the fact that they may be somewhat fronted (Deterding et al. 2008), as in modern RP, but unlike in other varieties in the region, such as Singapore English (Deterding 2007: 24).

However, the alternations of syllable-initial /n/ and /l/ in the English produced by some of the young Cantonese speakers in Hong Kong do sometimes impede communication, as we will see in extract (30) below. The phenomenon is by no means common to all speakers of Hong Kong English, and not entirely predictable by rule when it does occur. Wong and Setter (2002) studied /n/–/l/ merging in Hong Kong English speakers and found that, in over 900 tokens produced in conversation, the phenomenon occurred in only 87 instances, which is less than 9 per cent.

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