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

I studied at Peking University (B.A., M.A.) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil., Ph.D.), where I received training in theoretical and applied linguistics. Before joining CityU, I was a postdoctoral research fellow, lecturer and research assistant professor at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

My current research projects investigate the development, maintenance, loss and revival of Chinese in younger learners in English-speaking contexts, the (un)balanced development of Cantonese, English and/or Mandarin in multilingual children, as well as online processing of complex grammatical features in late English-Chinese bilinguals.

I welcome collaborations and student project proposals on the acquisition, processing and use of Mandarin, Cantonese and/or English lexicon and grammar in bilingual speakers. For 2021 entry, I am looking for a PhD candidate to work with me on a recently funded GRF project “Input and experience in early trilingual development” from 2021 to 2024. Details of the PhD programme at CityU can be found here.

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


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

Contact me


or my research assistant Miss Yuqing Liang, yuqiliang7@cityu.edu.hk