The Dept of Linguistics is pleased to announce the inaugural publication of LECT - an HKU working papers journal in the language sciences. LECT is an online, open-access journal of working papers by students at HKU whose research focuses on linguistics and language sciences. Through a simple peer review process, LECT provides feedback for authors considering further publication. Each submission is reviewed in-house by a scholar from the relevant sub-discipline at HKU. Our editorial board includes experts in phonetics, phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics, as well as hearing and speech sciences. Full-length working papers, squibs (new discoveries or short articles), and reviews are [...]
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LING7502 Research Seminars in Linguistics II (Core) Dr. Cathryn Donone PG course. Sem 2, 6 credits Venue: CRT-9.25, Monday, 9:30-11:20 Course Description Students are required to attend linguistics seminars in two consecutive semesters. Each semester at least five seminars, of students’ own choice, are expected. The seminars can be organized by the Department or others at HKU or other universities in Hong Kong. They should deal with current topics of interest in linguistics based on original research. Course Details Syllabus: N/A Assessment: For each semester, students should submit a brief report that contains the following two essential parts: Part I [...]
LING7501 Research Seminars in Linguistics I (Core) Dr. Yoonsang Song PG course. Sem 1, 6 credits Venue: CRT-9.25, Wednesday, 14:30-16:20 Course Description Students are required to attend linguistics seminars in two consecutive semesters. Each semester at least five seminars, of students’ own choice, are expected. The seminars can be organized by the Department or others at HKU or other universities in Hong Kong. They should deal with current topics of interest in linguistics based on original research. Course Details Syllabus: N/A Assessment: For each semester, students should submit a brief report that contains the following two essential parts: Part I [...]
LING6012 Special Topics in Linguistics (Elective) PG course. Sem 1 or 2, 6 credits Time and venue are to be arranged with individual teacher Course Description The aim of this course is to introduce students to topics in Linguistics which are of relevance to their research but which they have not studied previously. Students will attend one advanced undergraduate or a combination of courses from the department as prescribed by the supervisor(s) and/or the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. They will also be required to do further guided readings and/or attend extra tutorials. Assessment will be in the [...]
LING6010 Readings in Linguistics (Elective) PG course. Sem 2, 6 credits Time and venue are to be arranged with individual teacher Course Description In this course students are asked to read a selection of classical works and exemplary books and research papers in linguistics. Selections may vary from year to year, but will usually include important works by early masters including Bloomfield, Sapir, and Chao, as well as influential works by current linguists. Students are required to sbubmit written reports and give oral presentations on the readings. Course Details Syllabus: N/A Assessment: 100% Courswork Tutorials: N/A
Research methods in Linguistics (Core) Prof. Diana Archangeli PG course. Sem 1, 6 credits Venue: CRT-9.25, Monday, 13:30-16:20 Course Description This one-semester postgraduate seminar course is devoted to methodological issues, including bibliographical research; data collection and elicitation; organization, analysis and presentation of data. Syllabus: Distributed during the first class meeting Assessment: Assessment is by coursework, including developing a research paper in the student’s field of study. Tutorials: There will be no scheduled tutorials. Textbook: There is no single textbook for this course; rather, references will be provided during the lectures.
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LING6013 Data-driven Linguistics Analysis Dr. Christophe Coupé MA Elective course. Sem 2 Monday, 10:30 am – 1:20 pm Venue: CRT-9.62 Course Description This course offers students training in the latest data-based approaches to linguistic analysis. Different types of linguistic data and their theoretical status are first presented, followed by a discussion of quantitative methods currently being used to analyze complex data. Topics include: collection methods, data sampling, and statistical analysis (t-tests, Analyses of Variance, logistic regression). Over the duration of the course, students will be required to provide own original data for use in course assignments. Course Details Assessment: 100% coursework Tutorials: N/A
LING7006 Readings in Linguistics All teachers MA Elective course. Sem 1 Time and venue are to be arranged with individual teacher Course Description In this course students are asked to read a selection of classical works and exemplary books and research papers in linguistics. Selections may vary from year to year, but will usually include important works by early masters including Bloomfield, Sapir, and Chao, as well as influential works by current linguists. Students are required to sbubmit written reports and give oral presentations on the readings. You should find your own supervisor. Please also forward me their consent when [...]
LING6022 Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia Dr. Wai Ting Siok MA Elective course. Sem 1 Tuesday 10:30 am – 1:20 pm (Venue: CRT-4.34) Course Description This course aims to provide a theoretical understanding of reading development and reading disorders in different writing systems, with a specific focus on alphabetic (English) and logographic (Chinese) writing systems. Through attending the course, students will be able to understand how different cognitive processes contribute to the development of skilled word reading and text comprehension and what problems children may encounter during the course of reading development. Effective treatment and instruction approaches will also be [...]
LING6021 Language Types and Universals Dr. Joe Perry MA Elective course. Sem 2 Tuesday, 11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Venue: MB249 Wednesday, 11:30 am – 1:20 pm, Venue: KB112 Course Description This course introduces linguistic typology as an approach to language structure based inductively on investigation of a wide range of languages. It does not require prior knowledge of many languages, although some knowledge of a language such as German or Japanese is a useful asset. The course includes applications of typology in the field of language acquisition. Course Details Assessment: 100% coursework.
LING6019 Grammar and Interaction Dr. Olivia Lam MA Elective course. Sem 2 Tuesday, 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm (Venue: CRT-4.34) Course Description This course introduces students to the recent advances in the study of the interface between linguistic structure (grammar) and human interaction (spontaneous communication). It focuses on issues of the identity of basic interactional units and how syntax, prosody, semantics and conversational structure shape one another in naturally occurring talk. Topics include: Syntax of sentences in progress, Adverbial clauses in conversation, Repair and syntax, Conversational turns and their extension. Assessment: 100% coursework
LING6014 The History and Structure of Cantonese Prof. Stephen Matthews MA Elective course. Sem 1 Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: CPD-3.07, Centennial Campus Course Description This course offers a wide-ranging account of Cantonese in all of its major facets: its origins, historical development, phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexis, as well as dialectal and social variation. Recent advances in research on Cantonese will also be discussed and reviewed. Course Details Assessment: 100% coursework Please see course moodle for course information and lecture notes/handouts (HKU portal login required).
LING7005 Grammar: Theories and Applications Dr. Olivia Lam MA Core course. Sem 1 Friday, 10:30 am – 1:20 pm (Venue: CRT-4.34) Course Description This course offers an in-depth study of recent advances in syntactic research. Theories of language and theories of grammar are first discussed, followed by a consideration of the methods with which syntactic structures and syntactic functions are handled in the major theoretical frameworks. The role of the lexicon in these theories is examined. It is shown how these contemporary theories find applications in areas such as language learning. Course Details Syllabus: N/A Assessment: 100% Coursework Tutorials: [...]
LING7004 Phonetics and Phonology Ms. Suki Yiu MA Core course. Sem 1 Monday, 10:30 am – 1:20 pm (Venue: MB113G) Course Description How do we know someone is speaking a different language? By the sound of it! This course introduces students to study of the sound system of language, both the physical aspects of language sounds (phonetics) and the cognitive properties of language sound systems (phonology). We look at both how sounds are produced in the mouth (articulatory phonetics) and properties of the sound signal (acoustics). We also explore the ways that sounds are organized in languages, to give each [...]
LING2058 Topics in Cantonese Linguistics Prof. Stephen Matthews Advanced Course. Sem 1, 6 credits Course Description This course focuses on distinctive aspects of the Cantonese language as spoken in Hong Kong. The language will be viewed in its areal and historical context. Grammatical topics will include parts of speech in Cantonese, verbal aspect, noun classifiers, and sentence-final particles, with a particular focus on aspects of syntax which diverge from written Chinese and Putonghua such as dative, passive and comparative constructions. Topics of sociolinguistic interest such as the use of Cantonese as a written language, ‘lazy pronunciation’ and the growth of ‘trendy [...]
LING2040 Languages in Contact Prof. Stephen Matthews Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course is an introduction to the linguistic and social dimensions of language contact and change. Topics include multilingualism, lexical and grammatical borrowing, code-switching, language shift and the emergence of new languages, among them the creole languages of Asia, the Americas and Africa. Presentations, film viewings, in-class discussions and online and offline exercises during lectures and tutorials will provide the opportunity to apply and learn concrete techniques of linguistic analysis. The course is especially relevant to students interested in East-West contacts, the Americas and Africa, colonialism [...]