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.), where I received training in theoretical and applied linguistics. 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.

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 further developing research topics using the eye-tracking technique. I have completed reviewing PhD applications for 2021 entry. For 2022 entry, please return to this page for my updates later.

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.

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

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