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Dr. John C. Wakefield

B.A. (UT, Austin), M.A. (UNE, Australia), Ph.D. (HKPolyU)

Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Funding:

  • Faculty Research Grant: FRG2/17-18/016
    HK$99,700

Introduction

  • This study looked at the literature, and at language corpora to discover the semantic change of English loanwords in Cantonese. This was done by contrasting their meanings with the English words they were borrowed from. These contrasts reveal interesting things about Cantonese culture, as well as about the consequences of contact between English and Cantonese. The results of this study will be published in a forthcoming book by HKU Press, titled: English Loanwords in Cantonese: How Their Meanings Have Changed.