Heteroglossic ideologies in world Englishes: an examination of the Hong Kong context

Christopher Joseph Jenks, Jerry Won Lee

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Such work can give the false impression of a collective homogeneous ideology of English within a geographic space. We refer to this limiting monolithic perspective of language ideology as ‘the single linguistic narrative.’ The present study builds on this body of work by investigating how often competing ideologies of English can circulate within a region. Focusing on the Hong Kong context, we adapt the concept of Bakhtinian heteroglossia to consider the simultaneous co-presence of varying ideologies of English. Through an analysis of self-narratives, we examine how Hong Kong university students construct expectations regarding how English should be used and what the colonial language means to their regional identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-402
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • heteroglossia
  • Hong Kong
  • language ideology
  • world Englishes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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