I studied at Peking University (B.A., M.A.) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil., Ph.D.), where I received education and training in theoretical and applied linguistics. My doctoral dissertation, supervised by Dr Boping Yuan, investigated the representation of the Mandarin focus cleft construction in the grammatical systems of adult heritage and second language learners. My post-doctoral research was conducted at the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC) with Professor Virginia Yip, focusing on linguistic and cognitive aspects in early childhood bilingualism and multilingualism.
Since I joined CUHK, I have been working on projects investigating the development, maintenance, loss and revival of Chinese in younger learners in bilingual contexts, as well as online processing and real-time incorporation of cross-domain grammatical features by late bilinguals.
I have taught Mandarin language courses, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses (linguistics major) in Mandarin grammar, language acquisition and bilingualism. I welcome discussions and collaborations on the acquisition, processing and use of Mandarin and/or Cantonese by all types of bilingual speakers.
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 work closely with colleagues at the following research labs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong:
- Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC)
- Chinese University of Hong Kong-Peking University-University System of Taiwan Joint Research Centre for Language and Human Complexity (JRC)
- University of Cambridge-Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism (JLB)