About

Hello!

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.). Before joining CityU in 2020, I was a postdoctoral research fellow, lecturer and research assistant professor at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages and the Brain and Mind Institute in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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.

Research collaboration and supervision

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 adult or child bilingual speakers. From 2021 to 2024, I will be working intensively on a government funded project “Input and Experience in Early Trilingual Development“, while wrapping up a series of projects on bilingual infants and pre-schoolers and further developing research topics using the eye-tracking technique.

For undergraduate/master research projects and PhD applications in 2021-2022, please send me an email with a brief research proposal, your CV and academic transcripts showing the courses you have taken.

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