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I was born and raised in Hong Kong where I received part of my education. I also spent a big part of my teenage life in England going to school in different places (e.g. Stamford, Reading, London).
I was a rather restless child, who was engaged in a wide array of activities. I was featured in an album of Christian songs when I was 10 (a.k.a. "recorded artist"?). I also had quite a few radio appearances telling stories and discussing learning Mandarin. These gradually developed into a strong interest in languages, and subsequently in 2000, led me to the Runner-up Award of the Student Linguist of the Year from South China Morning Post, an English newspaper in Hong Kong. All these have culminated in my decision to pursue a career in linguistics.
Before starting my research degree, I had spent 5 years working full-time (reads:selling glue) in Hong Kong. At my job, I have gained invaluable experience working with all kinds of people and travelling around Asia. I also found time after work to do an MSc in Industrial Logistics Systems, which has opened my mind to new ideas.
I spend most of my time thinking about linguistics and working on my research projects. When I manage not to, I enjoy hiking, travelling, and Vipassana.
I speak fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, English and Japanese.
The Education University of Hong Kong
- ENG1326 Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology
- ENG2246 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
- ENG2336 Intercultural Communication
- ENG3400 Advanced Phonology
- ENG4901 Honours Project
- FEX5133 Field Experience II
University of Tokyo
- Languages of the World
- English IIS (communication strategies)
- English IIW (academic writing based on a supervised individual experiment)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- LING6904 Topics in Phonetics (guest lectures on speech prosody)
- Workshop on Electroglottography in Phonetics Research (non-creding bearing)
- Workshop on Multilevel Modelling (non-creding bearing)
- Workshop on Prosody Modelling and Synthesis (non-creding bearing)
University of Hong Kong
- LING2004 Phonetics: Describing sounds
- LING2009 Languages of the world
- LING2012 Experimental Phonetics
- LING3002 Extended Essay (individual supervision)
- LING7006 Readings in Linguistics (individual supervision)
University College London (as Teaching Assistant)
- PLIN1101 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology A
- PLIN1102 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology B
- PLIN2108 Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology A
- HCSCGS14 Phonetics and Phonology
- SPSC2003 Acoustics of Speech and Hearing
I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. While my research focuses on speech prosody, I am also interested in L2 acquisition, vocal attractiveness, and the relationship between phonetics and phonology. I am a member of the Centre for Research on Linguistics and Language Studies (CRLLS), EdUHK.
I try to update this site whenever I can find time. Please drop by again.
News: Our papers titled 'Phonetic realisation of narrow focus in Wu-Mandarin bilinguals' (with Wenxi Fei and Mingyu Weng), and 'Focus prosody in Japanese-English early bilinguals: A pilot study' (with Yi Xu) have been accepted for presentation at the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody (SP2020), Tokyo.