Jette G. Hansen Edwards Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Jette G. Hansen Edwards

Professor and Head
Dept. of English, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

My research interests include the acquisition and use of a second language phonology, world Englishes, and peer response in second language writing. I have published five books, including Phonology and Second Language Acquisition, Acquiring a nonnative phonology: Linguistic Constraints and Social Barriers, Peer Response in Second Language Writing Classrooms (1st and 2nd editions), as well as The Politics of English in Hong Kong: Attitudes, Identity, and Use.

Subjects: Asian Studies

Biography

I am Professor and Chair of the Department of English at The  Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am the co-editor of Asian Journal of English Language Teaching (AJELT). My main research areas include the acquisition and use of a second language phonology, world Englishes, and peer response in second language writing.  I have published five books, including Phonology and Second Language Acquisition, Acquiring a nonnative phonology: Linguistic Constraints and Social Barriers, and Peer Response in Second Language Writing Classrooms (1st and 2nd editions), as well as The Politics of English in Hong Kong: Attitudes, Identity, and Use (Routledge, 2018).  I have also published widely in journals in applied linguistics including Language Learning, Applied Linguistics, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly, ELT Journal, World Englishes, Multilingua, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, English World-Wide, and Asian Englishes.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My areas of research and professional expertise include second language phonology; world Englishes; peer response in second language writing; intelligibility and accentedness; politics, language and identity; and attitudes to world Englishes.  

Personal Interests

    I enjoy reading, traveling, and cooking.

Books

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Articles

Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Listener judgments of speaker and speech traits of Asian Englishes


Published: Nov 30, 2018 by Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G., Zampini, M. L., & Cunningham, C.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This study examines language attitudes towards different varieties of English through listener judgments of speaker and speech traits; in addition, the study explores the relationship of these judgments to the intelligibility, as well as the perceived accentedness and comprehensibility, of varieties of Asian English and General American English. W

World Englishes

The accentedness, comprehensibility, and intelligibility of Asian Englishes


Published: Sep 11, 2018 by World Englishes
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G., Zampini, M. L., & Cunningham, C.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This study examines the accentedness, comprehensibility, and intelligibility of speakers of English from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States (US) by listeners from Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and the US on two speech tasks (read vs. conversation). It also examines the effect of shared background on scores for all listeners as well as the effect of international experience for the Hong Kong and the US listeners.

Asian Englishes

Sounding native: Rating speakers of English from Asia


Published: May 07, 2018 by Asian Englishes
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.

This study explores whether a shift is taking place in terms of how the native speaker construct is viewed in relation to Asian Englishes.

Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication

English language schooling, linguistic realities, and the native speaker of English in Hong Kong


Published: Apr 04, 2018 by Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

The study employs a case study approach to examine the impact of educational backgrounds on nine Hong Kong tertiary students’ English and Cantonese language practices and identifications as native speakers of English and Cantonese. The study employed both survey and interview data to probe the participants’ English and Cantonese language use at home, school, and with peers/friends.

English Language and Linguistics

TH variation in Hong Kong English


Published: Mar 25, 2018 by English Language and Linguistics
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

The current study examines patterns of TH variation in Hong Kong English (HKE). In particular, it examines patterns in the realization of the voiceless interdental fricative /θ/ as the voiceless labiodental fricative [f], 2 a process known as TH-fronting, as well as realization of the voiceless of TH as [s].

Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Defining ‘native speaker’ in multilingual settings: English as a native language in Asia


Published: Nov 26, 2016 by Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

The current study examines how and why speakers of English from multilingual contexts in Asia are identifying as native speakers of English. Eighteen participants from different contexts in Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, and The Philippines, who self-identified as native speakers of English participated in hour-long interviews probing language backgrounds, language use and constructions of native speaker identities of both English and other native languages.

Asian Englishes

Accent preferences and the use of American English features in Hong Kong: a preliminary study


Published: Oct 10, 2016 by Asian Englishes
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

The current study examines the use of American English (AmE) pronunciation features among 68 English and English Language/English Education majors at an university in Hong Kong, a former British colony where British English has long been held in prestige.

English World-Wide

Sociolinguistic variation in Asian Englishes: The case of coronal stop deletion


Published: Jun 30, 2016 by English World-Wide
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This paper examines coronal stop deletion (CSD), the deletion of word-final /-t, -d/ in consonant clusters, in three new varieties of Asian English: China English, Hong Kong English, and Viet Nam English. The study seeks to determine to which extent the linguistic and extralinguistic constraints found to govern CSD in other varieties of English also impact CSD in emerging Englishes such as those examined in the current study.

English Today

China English: Attitudes, legitimacy, and the native speaker construct: Is China English becoming accepted as a legitimate variety of English?


Published: Apr 29, 2016 by English Today
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

Only few studies have examined attitudes towards CE, particularly in terms of whether CE is perceived as a legitimate variety of English by speakers of English in China, whether an individual can be a native speaker (NS) of CE, and why these attitudes are held. The current study therefore seeks to address these issues via a survey study conducted with 123 tertiary students from China. The results offer important insights into how CE is defined, perceived and used by speakers of English in China.

Asian Englishes

The politics of language and identity: attitudes towards Hong Kong English pre and post the Umbrella Movement


Published: Apr 13, 2016 by Asian Englishes
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This article reports on a 2015 follow-up to a survey on attitudes towards Hong Kong English which was released to students at a major university in Hong Kong in late September 2014 on the eve of the Umbrella Movement, a largely student-led protest to demand universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

World Englishes

The deletion of /t, d/ in Hong Kong English


Published: Oct 26, 2015 by World Englishes
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

Previous research on /t,d/ deletion, the omission of the final /t/ or /d/ sound in word‐final consonant clusters of two or more consonants (e.g. just pronounced as jus), indicates that it is pervasive in many varieties of English, including world Englishes. This study examines /t,d/ deletion in Hong Kong English in order to examine whether the finding that it occurs systematically across a wide range of Englishes can be extended to this new English.

Asian Englishes

Hong Kong English: attitudes, identity, and use


Published: Jun 16, 2015 by Asian Englishes
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

The current article builds upon and expands the previous research on attitudes to Hong Kong English (HKE) by speakers of English in Hong Kong via a survey with both closed- and open-ended questions given to 307 tertiary students in Hong Kong. Specifically, the study focuses on attitudes towards the legitimacy of HKE and use of HKE as well as why respondents have these attitudes.

Language Learning

Deletion of /t, d/ and the Acquisition of Linguistic Variation by Second Language Learners of English


Published: Oct 14, 2011 by Language Learning
Authors: Hansen Edwards, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This study investigated second language (L2) learners’ acquisition of English /t, d/ deletion patterns in word‐final consonant clusters, (a) focusing on how constraints such as grammatical conditioning and phonological environment affect deletion of /t, d/ in L2 acquisition and (b) determining the extent to which these L2 learners had acquired native‐speaker‐like patterns of deletion.

ELT Journal

Guiding principles for effective peer response


Published: Jan 01, 2005 by ELT Journal
Authors: Hansen, J. G., & Liu, J.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This article presents guiding principles teachers can utilize in their own planning and student training for effective peer response. As the principles illustrate, teacher planning and student training are ongoing processes that must be addressed before, during, and after peer response, although the majority should be carried out before peer response commences.

Studies in Second Language Acquisition

DEVELOPMENTAL SEQUENCES IN THE ACQUISITION OF ENGLISH L2 SYLLABLE CODAS: A Preliminary Study


Published: Feb 05, 2004 by Studies in Second Language Acquisition
Authors: Hansen, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

his study examines the acquisition of English syllable codas by two native speakers of Vietnamese. Data were collected at three intervals over 1 year. Results indicate that a developmental sequence may exist and that this sequence may not be linear, with some longer (i.e., two and three member) codas emerging before some singleton codas.

Applied Linguistics

Linguistic constraints on the acquisition of English syllable codas by native speakers of Mandarin Chinese


Published: Sep 01, 2001 by Applied Linguistics
Authors: Hansen, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This study investigates the acquisition of English syllable codas by speakers of Mandarin Chinese. Three participants' naturalistic production of syllable codas were studied and analyzed through VARBRUL and descriptive statistics to determine accuracy orders and production modifications of codas by length (single, double, and triple codas) at two data collection times with a time span of six months.

Written Communication

nteractional Conflicts among Audience, Purpose, and Content Knowledge in the Acquisition of Academic Literacy in an EAP Course


Published: Jan 01, 2000 by Written Communication
Authors: Hansen, J. G.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

The issues of authentic context and authoritative ethos are explored through a study of a graduate student learning to write for mathematics within the context of an English for academic purposes (EAP) course. The student faced conflicts about audience, purpose, and content knowledge as she was required to write math texts within what she perceived was an inauthentic context, an English as a second language (ESL) course.

TESOL Quarterly

Social Identity and Language: Theoretical and Methodological Issues


Published: Jan 04, 1997 by TESOL Quarterly
Authors: Hansen, J. G., & Liu, J.
Subjects: English Language & Linguistics

This article provides an overview of theoretical frameworks and methodological stances in social identity research.