Christophe Coupé

Assistant Professor

Dr. Christophe Coupé received a PhD degree in cognitive science in 2003 from the University of Lyon 2. He then worked as a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), until joining HKU. His research interests in linguistics cover language evolution and language diversity, especially at the phonetic level, and the application of computational and statistical methods to linguistic data. Besides, Dr. Coupé has also conducted research in psycholinguistics, psycho-phenomenology and social psychology.

Room: Room 914, RRST, Centennial Campus


Youngah Do

Assistant Professor

Postgraduate coordinator

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.

Tel: 3917 8603
Room: Room 918, RRST, Centennial Campus


Cathryn Donohue

Assistant Professor

Seminars co-coordinator and Outreach coordinator

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. My areal specialty is Tibeto-Burman languages that embrace both these aspects of language, with a particular focus on Tibetic languages including Bumthang, Nubri, Yohlmo, and Tibetan. I have also worked on Basque, Austronesian, Chinese, Papuan and other SE Asian languages.

Tel: 3917 2773
Room: Room 921, RRST, Centennial Campus


Jonathan Havenhill

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jonathan Havenhill conducts research in phonetics, phonology, language variation and change, and sociophonetics. His research involves the use of ultrasound tongue imaging and other experimental methods to investigate the articulatory configurations that underlie linguistic sound systems.

Tel: 3917 8285
Room: Room 923, RRST, Centennial Campus


Heeju Hwang

Assistant Professor

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.

Tel: 3917 1109
Room: Room 916, RRST, Centennial Campus


Olivia Lam


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


Stephen Matthews


MA Chair, Chief Examiner

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


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: Room 920, RRST, Centennial Campus


Wai Ting Siok

Associate Professor
UG 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: Room 919, RRST, Centennial Campus

Kofi Yakpo

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Coordinator

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: Room 915, RRST, Centennial Campus
Walk-in consultation hour for students in semester 2, 2018-19: Tuesday, 14:30-16:00. No appointment required, first come, first serve.