Publication details [#65800]

Scott Clark, Adam. 2019. The problematic definition of ‘Chinese’ in Hong Kong. Language & Communication 67 : 55–68.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Amsterdam: Elsevier


Hong Kong's language policy is encoded in Article 9 of its Basic Law, which states English and a non-fixed ‘Chinese’ as the region's official languages. Inventing a valid definition for the word ‘Chinese’ is tricky in the Hong Kong context. Does it refer to Cantonese, Putonghua, written Chinese, or what? Using critical discursive methods, this study explores how Hong Kong's Basic Law is deficient in adequate handling Hong Kong's intricate sociolinguistic situation and presents some instillation as to how this might be repaired.