Edited by Wei Wang
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse 13] 2020
► pp. 119–146
Hong Kong has enjoyed partial universal suffrage in both District Council election as well as the Legislative Council election since the handover in 1997. This paper looks into the 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council electoral debate with the combination of discourse analysis using the Stance Triangle (Du Bois 2007) and gesture-unit analysis (Kendon 2004) to study how verbal and non-verbal activities are being strategically organized to project both affective and epistemic stances by the elected incumbent, Alvin Yeung, and his opponents. The findings suggest Cantonese utterance final particles and gestures are strategically and aptly employed to achieve both expressive and communicative purposes in the political debates where they can not only elucidate their policy agenda but also defeat the opponents and win the votes.