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Faculty and Staff

Umberto Ansaldo

Professor
Chairperson
MA coordinator
Seminars co-coordinator and Outreach coordinator

My interests include language contact, sociolinguistics, typology and endangered languages. I work on languages of the Sinitic group, Malay varieties, languages of Sri Lanka and Pidgins and Creoles. I also teach a Common Core course on fighting, and Krav Maga at the Institute of Human Performance.

Tel: 3917 2872 | Room: Room 914, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: ansaldo@hku.hk

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Diana Archangeli

Professor

My research address both the tongue’s articulatory gestures (measured through ultrasound imaging) and the extent to which phonological systems can be learned without the benefit of an innate linguistic endowment. At HKU I teach courses in Phonetics and Phonology.

Tel: 3917 8285 | Room: Room 918, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: darchang@hku.hk

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Peter Austin

Visiting Professor

My research is mainly on language documentation, syntax (with a focus on Lexical Functional Grammar), morpho-syntactic typology, computer-aided lexicography and multi-media for endangered languages. I do fieldwork on Australian Aboriginal languages and Sasak and Samawa, spoken in eastern Indonesia. I am currently working with the Dieri Aboriginal Corporation on a language revitalisation project funded by an Indigenous Languages Support grant.

Tel: 3917 8606 | Email: pa2@soas.ac.uk

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Youngah Do

Assistant Professor 

Dr. Youngah Do investigates linguistic sound patterns: phonology and its interface with phonetics and morphology. She is particularly interested in the experimental and computational exploration of phonological acquisition.

Personal webpage

Tel: 3917 8603 | Room: 923, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: youngah@hku.hk

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Cathryn Donohue

Assistant Professor
On sabbatical leave, 1st semester, 2016/17

My research centers on the syntax of morphologically rich languages, focussing on case marking. I also work on the acoustics and perceptual salience of tone and register. I have worked on Basque, Austronesian, Chinese, Papuan and other SE Asian languages.

Personal webpage: http://web.hku.hk/~donohue

Tel: 3917 2773 | Room: Room 921, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: donohue@hku.hk

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John Guest

Undergraduate support

John Guest specializes in areas of pragmatics, sociolinguistics and writing systems of the world. He is involved in both first-year and senior linguistics courses as well as general undergraduate matters.

Tel: 3917 7936 | Room: Room 910, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: jfguest@hku.hk

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Heeju Hwang

Assistant Professor
Postgraduate coordinator

My primary research area is in psycholinguistics. I am mainly interested in the cognitive processes and interfaces involved in language processing. My research integrates insights from psycholinguistics with grammatical theory and language typology.

Personal webpage

Tel: 3917 1109 | Room: Room 916, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: heeju@hku.hk

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Olivia Lam

Assistant Professor

Olivia Lam’s research interests lie mainly in syntax and morphology. Her current interests include the syntax of double object constructions, especially the syntax of the give-construction; and, the cross-linguistic morphological and syntactic properties of objects. She is particularly interested in the morphosyntax of Chinese and African languages. She teaches syntactic theory and morphological theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and offers a Common Core course on human language.

Tel: 3917 2758 | Room: Room 917, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: osclam@hku.hk

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Stephen Matthews

Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator

Stephen Matthews specialises in language typology, syntax and semantics. His current interests include the typology of Chinese; the grammar of Chinese dialects, notably Cantonese, Chaozhou and other Minnan dialects; language contact and bilingualism, with particular reference to Sinitic languages. He is Co-Director of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre.

Tel: 3917 2752 | Room: Room 909, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: matthews@hku.hk

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Joe Perry

Assistant Professor
Seminars co-coordinator and Outreach coordinator

Dr. Joe Perry works on language description, in particular of the Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in Nepal.  His theoretical interests lie in syntax and phonology, and especially in the interaction between the two.

Tel: 3917 2753 | Room: 920, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: jjp45@hku.hk

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Wai Ting Siok

Associate Professor
Chief examiner

My research focuses on bilingualism, language development and language neuroscience. My ongoing research is aimed at determining the neural mechanisms that underlie reading in normal and dyslexic children.

Tel: 3917 2771, 2241 5873 | Room: 919, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: siok@hku.hk

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Yoonsang Song

Assistant Professor

Dr​.​ Yoonsang Song’s research interests reside in the domain of language acquisition and processing. In particular, his research focuses on the syntactic and morphological development of second language learners and bilinguals.

Personal webpage: https://yoonsangsong.wordpress.com/

Tel: 3917 2767 | Room: 911, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: yoonsang@hku.hk

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Kofi Yakpo

Assistant Professor

My research revolves around multilingualism. How, when and why do people use several languages at the same time? How does this change the grammar and lexicon of the languages they use? How do societies handle their multilingual heritage socially and politically? I am currently working on language contact & the emergence of new languages in highly multilingual regions of Africa and the Americas, with a focus on English creoles and Asian diaspora languages in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean.

Tel: 3917 7117 | Room: 915, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: kofi@hku.hk

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Jonathan Yip

Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Jonathan Yip conducts experimental research on phonetic articulation, speech perception, and the relationship between the two processes. He is interested in issues relating to articulatory timing, perceptual knowledge, and sound change.

Personal webpage

Tel: 3917 8114 | Room: 906, RRST, Centennial Campus | Email: yipjonat@hku.hk

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