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Kongish Daily: researching translanguaging creativity and subversiveness

Wei, L; Tsang, A; Wong, N; Lok, P; (2020) Kongish Daily: researching translanguaging creativity and subversiveness. International Journal of Multilingualism , 17 (3) pp. 309-335. 10.1080/14790718.2020.1766465. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper analyses Kongish Daily, a Facebook page that trans-scripts local news in Hong Kong into a creative and dynamic mix of Cantonese in traditional Chinese characters, Romanisation and made-up characters, simplified Chinese, pinyin, English, Hong Kong English, other phonetic symbols, emoji and other signs and images. We trace the origin of the site and rationale for the Facebook page, and analyse it as a translanguaging phenomenon. The main objective is to understand the political motivations for the Facebook account and the social critique it offers through its dynamic translanguaging practice. In particular, we want to highlight the subversive nature of the translanguaging practice. Methodologically, it develops the participatory linguistics framework, which transformed our own understandings of the phenomenon as well as the cultural politics of translingualism and social media in Hong Kong.

Type: Article
Title: Kongish Daily: researching translanguaging creativity and subversiveness
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14790718.2020.1766465
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14790718.2020.1766465
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Kongish Daily , translanguaging, participatory linguistics, Hong Kong, linguistic creativity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111885
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