Use of technology neologisms in Hong Kong context

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Use of technology neologisms in Hong Kong context

 

Author: Lee, Ka Chun Sam
Title: Use of technology neologisms in Hong Kong context
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2016
Subject: Technology -- Terminology.
English language -- New words.
English language -- Jargon.
Translating and interpreting.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: 73 pages
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2917080
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/8644
Abstract: Newly developed technologies, particularly those in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), disseminate rapidly worldwide. This contributes to the coinage of 'technology neologisms' which describe new entities, concepts and phenomena related to ICT. These new words follow the normal word-formation process. In Hong Kong where exists numerous tech-savvy locals, the acceptance and use of these technology neologisms are not as straightforward as we could imagine. Firstly, the Cantonese-speaking locals may encounter difficulties in understanding English neologisms. Does the word formation of neologisms help people understand and perceive them better? Another issue is that there are at least two ways of using English neologisms in Hong Kong where Cantonese is the lingua franca: a) to mix the English neologisms in Cantonese context (i.e. through code-mixing) and b) to translate the English neologisms into Chinese (i.e. through equivalent translation). However, what are the factors affecting such language preference when using neologisms? This paper aims to address the above two questions.

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