About

Hello! 你好!

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Translation in the City University of Hong Kong (CityU).

I studied Chinese, education and linguistics at Peking University (B.A., M.A.) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil., Ph.D.) and completed my postdoctoral training in early bilingual development in the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Before joining CityU in 2020, I was Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages and the Brain and Mind Institute at CUHK.

I was born and raised in Guangzhou (also known as “Canton”), China, and am an alumnus of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University. I grew up speaking both Cantonese and Mandarin (Putonghua), and am now mother of two trilingual boys in the making.

Research collaboration and student supervision 學術合作與學生培養

My current research projects investigate the development, maintenance, loss and revival of Chinese in heritage speakers in English-speaking contexts like the US and UK, the (un)balanced development of Cantonese, English and Mandarin in multilingual children in multilingual contexts like Hong Kong and Guangzhou, as well as the representation and online processing of complex grammatical features in English-Chinese bilinguals.

I welcome collaborations on the acquisition, processing and use of lexicon and grammar in adult or child bilinguals from a linguistic and psycholinguistic perspective, involving Mandarin, Cantonese and/or English. From 2021 to 2024, I will be working intensively with my team on a government-funded project “Input and Experience in Early Trilingual Development“, while wrapping up a series of longitudinal projects on bilingual toddlers and pre-schoolers and exploring research topics using the eye-tracking technique.

I am looking for undergraduate or master students (LT4235/LT4391, LT6582/LT6580) to collaborate in several small-scale projects in 2022-2023. For funded PhD student positions at 2023 entry, please return to this page for updates later in the summer.

 

Affiliations

I am an affiliated member of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Contact me

ziyinmai@cityu.edu.hk