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7 06, 2022

Workshop on Population Movements, Language Contact in East Asia and Southeast Asia, and Evolutionary Linguistics


Online - all welcome! 8-11 June 2022 : "Population Movements, Language Contact in East Asia and Southeast Asia, and Evolutionary Linguistics" For more information, click here. Co-conveners: Salikoko S. Mufwene, Stephen Matthews, Virginia Yip, and Kofi Yakpo Co-organized by the University of Chicago, University of Hong Kong & Chinese University of Hong Kong

Workshop on Population Movements, Language Contact in East Asia and Southeast Asia, and Evolutionary Linguistics2022-06-07T22:49:12+08:00
13 05, 2022

Congratulations, Lewis!


Our MPhil graduate, Mr. Cheung Ching Yat Lewis, has been offered a PhD scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. He will work with Limor Raviv, an up-and-coming scholar working in the fields of language evolution, cultural evolution and language diversity. Congratulations!

Congratulations, Lewis!2022-05-13T18:49:37+08:00
13 05, 2022

Chaire Internationale 2022 – Kofi Yakpo – Multicausal approaches to language contact


We are happy to announce that Dr. Kofi Yakpo has been invited as a guest professor with the Laboratory of Excellence “Foundations of Language" (Sorbonne & Université Paris Cité, France), and is going to give a series of four seminars on the theme “Multicausal approaches to language contact”. The seminars will take place on June 2, 3, 13 and 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at INALCO, Pôle Langues et Civilizations, 65 rue des Grands Moulins 75013 Paris - Room 5.22. All are welcome in case you are in Paris between 1-15 June 2022! For more information, click here. [...]

Chaire Internationale 2022 – Kofi Yakpo – Multicausal approaches to language contact2022-05-13T21:37:51+08:00
19 07, 2021



LING7014 Language Structure in Context Dr. Kofi Yakpo MA Elective course. Sem 1Thursday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pmVenue: RRST-4.04 Course Description This course introduces students to a specific language or group of languages on which the teacher concerned has conducted linguistic field work, laboratory or theoretical research. Topics cover the main areas of grammar and phonology of the language chosen for the course. The study of linguistic structure may be complemented with aspects of comparative linguistics, areal typology, language contact, socio-cultural, historical and geographical context. Course work may also cover aspects of the collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative [...]

21 07, 2020



LING7011 Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics Dr. Thomas van Hoey MA Elective course. Sem 1Tuesday, 2:30 pm – 5:20 pm Venue: RRST-7.58**(20 Sep and 27 Sep will be held online) Course Description This course looks at language as a window into the mind. We want to know how language can be understood as a crossroads or interaction between the world and our minds. Our theme is meaning. Instead of focusing on a single theoretical framework aimed at encapsulating every aspect of language, like Optimality Theory or Generative Grammar, this course focuses on Cognitive Linguistics, a less rigid approach, which allows us to [...]

1 06, 2020

New publication in the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition


Check out a new paper on second language morphological processing by our HKU linguists (Dr. Song, Dr. Do, Dr. Thompson, and Dr. Waegermaekers)! Full text available here. SECOND LANGUAGE USERS EXHIBIT SHALLOW MORPHOLOGICAL PROCESSING Abstract The present study tests the Shallow Structure Hypothesis (SSH), which claims that compared to L1 processing, L2 language processing generally underuses grammatical information, prioritizing nongrammatical information. Specifically, this cross-modal priming study tests SSH at the level of morphology, investigating whether late advanced L2 learners construct hierarchically structured representations for trimorphemic derived words during real-time processing as native speakers do. Our results support SSH. In lexical decision [...]

New publication in the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition2020-06-01T20:53:59+08:00
14 05, 2020

We are hiring!


Come join us!! Assoc/Full Professor Position in Language Diversity and Documentation at HKU! Applications are due soon: 13 June 2020. See the link for details. https://jobs.hku.hk/en/job/500057/professorassociate-professor-in-language-diversity-and-documentation

We are hiring!2020-06-01T16:35:42+08:00
1 11, 2019

HKU-led study tracks 17 languages and finds all languages convey information at similar rates, regardless of whether they are spoken faster or slower


Dr. Christophe Coupe has recently published a paper titled "Different languages, similar encoding efficiency: comparable information rates across the human communicative niche" in Science Advances (https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/9/eaaw2594). His findings have been reported by several media including Mingpao, Economist, and Science Daily. Find out more about his work at https://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_20079.html, https://www.miragenews.com/hku-led-study-tracks-17-languages-and-finds-all-languages-convey-information/

HKU-led study tracks 17 languages and finds all languages convey information at similar rates, regardless of whether they are spoken faster or slower2019-11-01T16:55:05+08:00
5 07, 2019



LING6032 Semantics Dr. Leo Hoye MA Elective course. Sem 1Monday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: RRST-4.04 Course Description This course introduces students to the linguistic study of meaning. It focuses on the meaning of signs and the relation between signifiers and what they stand for. Topics to be examined include both traditional and current approaches to lexical and sentence meaning. The role of semantics in the language system will be addressed. Central problems and theoretical concepts of Semantics will be discussed, with illustration from a variety of languages. Course Details Assessment:100% coursework

18 09, 2018

Open PhD/MPhil positions in General Linguistics


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) seeks to recruit PhD (4 years without MPhil degree; 3 years with MPhil degree) and MPhil (2 years) candidates with a starting date of Sep 1 2019. HKU Linguistics offers an integrated program in the study of linguistics, including theoretical linguistics, language documentation, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics. See linguistics.hku.hk for further information. This year, we are especially interested in candidates with research interests in areas including but not limited to: Dr. Wai Ting Siok: Language neuroscience, reading development, and dyslexia. Dr. Cathryn Donohue: Himalayan languages, and field- and experimental-based morphosyntax especially case [...]

Open PhD/MPhil positions in General Linguistics2018-09-18T01:00:07+08:00
7 09, 2018

Welcome, Dr. Christophe Coupé!


We are delighted to welcome another member of staff to HKU Linguistics! Dr. Christophe Coupé received a PhD degree in cognitive science in 2003 from the University of Lyon 2. He then worked as a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), until joining HKU. His research interests in linguistics cover language evolution and language diversity, especially at the phonetic level, and the application of computational and statistical methods to linguistic data. Besides, Dr. Coupé has also conducted research in psycholinguistics, psycho-phenomenology and social psychology. At HKU, he plans to further explore linguistic diversity with the tools of [...]

Welcome, Dr. Christophe Coupé!2018-09-07T22:35:07+08:00
30 08, 2018

Welcome, Dr. Havenhill!


The Department of Linguistics is very pleased to welcome the addition of a new tenure-track assistant professor Dr. Jon Havenhill to our faculty roster this fall. Dr. Havenhill received his Ph.D. degree in linguistics from Georgetown university in 2018. His broad research interests include articulatory phonetics, sociophonetics, and language variation and change. Building on work from his dissertation, he plans to investigate the cross-linguistic correlates of lip rounding in the acoustic, articulatory, and perceptual domains. Welcome, Dr. Havenhill!

Welcome, Dr. Havenhill!2018-08-31T11:37:54+08:00
6 08, 2018



LING7013 Language Emergence and Language Change Dr. Christophe Coupé MA Elective course. Sem 1 Wednesday, 9:30 am - 11:20 日m Venue: RRST-4.04, Centennial Campus Course Description How, when and why did the faculty of language emerge and evolve in our ancestors? How is it connected to the development of other cognitive abilities, of new behaviors and social interactions? These issues fuel today’s scientific investigations, but the question of how we came to communicate the way we do today has puzzled scholars for millennia, as evident from the legacy of ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers. In this course, we will paint a global picture [...]

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