IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Kongish: translanguaging and the commodification of an urban dialect, by Professor Tong King Lee University of Hong Kong
November 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IAS Fellows’ Seminar by Professor Tong King Lee (University of Hong Kong)
This talk introduces Kongish as a translingual and multimodal urban dialect emerging in Hong Kong in recent years and still in the making. Through the lens of translanguaging and linguistic commodification, and using the popular Facebook page Kongish Daily as a case in point, it outlines the semiotic profile of Kongish. Specifically, it examines how Kongish communications draw on a full range of performative resources, thriving on social media affordances and a creative-critical ethos. This seminar then turns to look at how Kongish is commoditized in a marketing context in the form of playful epithets emplaced on locally designed products, demonstrating how the urban dialect is not merely a niche medium of communication on social media but has become integral to commercial, profit-driven practices. This paper concludes by challenging the proposition that Kongish must be considered a ‘variety’ of English, arguing instead that it is an innominate term embodying translanguaging-in-action
Places are limited and so any academic colleagues or students interested in attending in person should register HERE.