Go protest on Causeway Road

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From the Facebook page of the Hong Kong poet, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, president of PEN Hong Kong, as reproduced in Andrea Lingenfelter, "At This Moment, Everyone Is a Revolution: The Poems of Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and the Hong Kong Crisis", Blog // Los Angeles Review of Books (8/4/19):

The sign originally said:

gou1si6wai1 dou6
("Causeway Road")

That was altered to:

gou1 si6wai1 dou6
("Go Protest Road")

The two versions are perfectly homophonous, but there is a slight difference in rhythm and emphasis, since the first three syllables are strung together as a transcription for "Causeway" in the first one, while the second one is divided into a 1-2-1 syllable pattern where the "gou1" stands for English "go", the "si6wai1" is the Cantonese word for "protest" and "dou6" is the usual word for "road".

The Hong Kong protesters are cleverly and wittily maximizing the linguistic resources at their disposal.  See the "Readings".


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