Research Expertise

Hong Kong has been a natural laboratory for conducting research on various language-contact and cross-cultural phenomena. The use of Cantonese in Hong Kong society and schools since the post-war period is unique among Chinese societies. Cantonese-dominant speakers’ learning and use of English, and myriad contact phenomena between Cantonese and English within school premises and in society offer many opportunities for yielding research insights to inform theory-building in various applied and educational linguistics areas.

The vision of the ‘Linguistics and language studies’ research team at EdUHK is to conduct high-quality research on the functioning of human language as a semiotic, meaning-making system, with particular reference to language learning and use in multilingual settings. Collaboration between departments/faculties is strongly encouraged. We aspire to be a major contributor of research insights on language acquisition (English and Putonghua) and inter-cultural communication involving Cantonese, English and (Cantonese-English) mixed code.

Highlight of Our Research

  1. Digital Humanities in Cantonese
  2. Language Learning and Second Language Acquisition
  3. Language in Society
Digital Humanities in Cantonese
Staff Name Research Interests
Dr CHIN Chi On Andy Sociolinguistics
Corpus linguistics
Chinese linguistics
Cantonese grammar
Linguistic typology
Prof CHEUNG Hin Tat First and second language acquisition
Developmental language disorders
Corpus-based language studies
Childhood bilingualism
Dr KATAOKA Shin The history of grammar and phonology
Encoding of space and time in language
Lexical borrowing in language contact
Conceptual metaphors
Language and society
Toponymy
Language Learning and Second Language Acquisition
Staff Name Research Interests
Prof CHEUNG Hin Tat First and second language acquisition
Developmental language disorders
Corpus-based language studies
Childhood bilingualism
Dr CHEN Hsueh Chu Rebecca Experimental phonetics
Inter-language phonology
Intelligibility and accent studies
Perception and production
Computer assisted pronunciation learning
Dr LEE Kwing Lok Albert Phonetics
Speech prosody
Second language acquisition
Dr LUK Pei Sui Zoe Cognitive approaches to grammar and language acquisition
Linguistic relativity
Construction grammar
Dr MA Qing Angel Second language vocabulary acquisition
Research methodology
Corpus linguistics
Computer assisted language learning
Mobile assisted language learning
Dr MAK Ho Yan Sabina Academic discourse socialisation
Language teacher belief and cognition
Language attitude and identity
Second language acquisition
Language learning strategies
Language teaching pedagogy
Ms MOULIMOIS Alice French studies
Dr WANG Lixun General linguistics
Corpus linguistics
Computer assisted language learning
Mobile learning
Outcomes-based learning
English-Chinese translation studies
Multilingual education
Dr XIE Qin Language testing and assessment
Curriculum innovation
Second/foreign language learner motivation and learning strategies
Structural equation modelling
Rasch modelling
Language in Society
Staff Name Research Interests
Dr WANG Lixun General linguistics
Corpus linguistics
Computer assisted language learning
Mobile learning
Outcomes-based learning
English-Chinese translation studies
Multilingual education
Dr LEE Fung King Jackie English grammar teaching
Language and gender
Learning study
Dr LEE Kwing Lok Albert Phonetics
Speech prosody
Second language acquisition
Dr LIU Fung Ming Christy Understand translation practitioners in the workplace
Translation pedagogy
Translation practices
Dr XIE Qin Language testing and assessment
Curriculum innovation
Second/foreign language learner motivation and learning strategies
Structural equation modelling
Rasch modelling