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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

Western perceptions of Hong Kong ten years on: A corpus-driven critical discourse study

Language

English

Abstract

This article studies the Western perceptions of and relations with Hong Kong a decade after the reversion of the sovereignty from Britain to China in 1997. Previous studies have demonstrated that the West had a significantly negative view on the future of Hong Kong with respect to the handover. According to recent observations, however, the perceptions of the West have undergone a noticeable change. This article aims at investigating the West's understanding, opinions and positions regarding Hong Kong today compared with those in 1997. The possible reasons for any changes are also investigated. Through the integration of the theories and methods of corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis and the use of two corpus linguistic software, ConcGram and Wmatrix, the present article examines a range of Western public discourse of Hong Kong concerning the handover. The purpose of the article is to yield insights into the New Hong Kong in the eyes of the West, which in turn contributes to a re-examination of the relations and power balance between the West and China. © 2012 Oxford University Press.

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Applied Linguistics

Volume

34

Issue

2

Start Page

173

End Page

190

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISSN (print)

01426001

ISSN (electronic)

1477450X

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