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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.

Education

    PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2000
    MA, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, 1992.
    BA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1989.

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.