Approaching Linguistic Norms: The Case of/for Hong Kong English on the Internet

  • Vinton W. K. Poon


Using a framework based on the notion of norms, Poon argues that Hong Kong English features that are specific to the online context should be regarded as a linguistic variety. Given that this form of English is not only recognized by its users as distinctive from other forms of Hong Kong English(es) but also seen as a marker of the Hong Kong identity, Poon contends that, from a social-functional point of view, Hong Kong English in computer-mediated communication is a variety. The norm framework, which systematically surveys the social functions of a linguistic form from an emic point of view, can also be used to help identify other linguistic varieties.


Computer-mediated communication Linguistic norms Hong Kong English Etic Emic 


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  • Vinton W. K. Poon
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  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong KongHong Kong

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