LING2058 Topics in Cantonese Linguistics Prof. Stephen Matthews Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course focuses on distinctive aspects of the Cantonese language as spoken in Hong Kong. The language will be viewed in its areal and historical context. Grammatical topics will include parts of speech in Cantonese, verbal aspect, noun classifiers, and sentence-final particles, with a particular focus on aspects of syntax which diverge from written Chinese and Putonghua such as dative, passive and comparative constructions. Topics of sociolinguistic interest such as the use of Cantonese as a written language, ‘lazy pronunciation’ and the growth of ‘trendy [...]
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LING2040 Languages in Contact Prof. Stephen Matthews Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course is an introduction to the linguistic and social dimensions of language contact and change. Topics include multilingualism, lexical and grammatical borrowing, code-switching, language shift and the emergence of new languages, among them the creole languages of Asia, the Americas and Africa. Presentations, film viewings, in-class discussions and online and offline exercises during lectures and tutorials will provide the opportunity to apply and learn concrete techniques of linguistic analysis. The course is especially relevant to students interested in East-West contacts, the Americas and Africa, colonialism [...]
LING3005 Advanced Topics in Reading, Language and Cognition Dr. Wai Ting Siok Capstone Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course is a continuation of the course “Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia”. It aims to provide an in-depth understanding of key issues and up-to-date research topics in reading and language. Specific focus will be on the cognitive and neural processes in word reading and reading comprehension, and the development of these processes. Topics such as models and theories of fluent reading and reading development, biliteracy development, biological bases of reading, types of reading disorders (e.g., developmental and acquired dyslexia), teaching [...]
LING3003 Linguistics Field Trip Dr. Kofi Yakpo Capstone Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course is one of several capstone courses offered by the Linguistics Programme. Capstone courses are required for students majoring in General Linguistics. The field trip is technically designated as a final year course but may be taken in the third or fourth year. The aim of the course is to provide an opportunity for students of linguistics to have first-hand experience with languages as they are spoken and used in particular settings, and to carry out an empirical investigation on some aspect of a language [...]
LING3002 – Extended Essay Capstone Course. Sem 1 or 2, 6 credits Time and venue are to be arranged with individual teacher Course Description This is a one-semester capstone course for individual research on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with staff, in preparation for possible postgraduate work and is offered for majors only. Students intending to study this course are required to attend an interview at the beginning of their third year to give a short presentation on their proposed topic. The thesis should normally be 5,000-6,000 words in length. There is no written examination but an oral [...]
LING2032 Syntactic Theory Dr. Joseph Perry Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description The course explores recent theoretical approaches to syntax, focusing on generative grammar. Pre-requisite LING1000 & LING2050 Course Details Syllabus: N/A Assessment: N/A Tutorials: N/A Textbook: Carnie, A. 2002. Syntax: A Generative Introduction. Blackwell Publishers. Reference: Radford, A. 1997. Syntax: A Minimalist Introduction. Cambridge University Press.
LING2030 Morphological Theory Dr. Yoonsang Song Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course is an introduction to morphological theory. The course offers an introduction to some of the current models of morphology, including Paradigm Function Morphology, Prosodic Morphology and Optimality Theory, among others, and considers how morphology interacts with other fields of linguistics such as syntax, semantics and phonology. Course Details Assessment 100% coursework Textbook All reading can be found on the HKU Moodle Internet links We will explore internet links together as the course moves along
LING2027 Phonology: An Introduction to the Study of Sound Systems Dr. Youngah Do Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description The goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic concepts in phonology and various phonological systems of human languages. Students acquire experience in analyzing language data and formulating phonological rules. Pre-requisite LING1000 & LING2004 Course Details Syllabus N/A Assessment N/A Tutorials N/A Textbook Peng, Long (2013) Analyzing sound patterns: an introduction to phonology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
LING2003 Semantics: Meaning and Grammar Dr. Olivia Lam Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course focuses on structural and cognitive aspects of meaning which are relevant to the description and theory of grammar. Examples will be drawn from Cantonese, Mandarin and English together with some other European and Asian languages. Course Details Syllabus To be announced Assessment Tutorial assignments: 3: 30% Midterm quiz: 25% Final quiz: 25% Attendance and participation: 20% Tutorials To be announced Textbook Riemer, Nick. 2010. Introducing Semantics. Cambridge University Press. Additional References Hurford, J., Heasley, B. and M. Smith. 1983/2007 Semantics: a Coursebook. Cambridge [...]
LING2056 Sociolinguistics Dr. Kofi Yakpo Introductory Course. Sem 1, 6 credits Course Description The course introduces students to the study of the relationship between language and society. The course includes topics like language variation and change, language and gender, multilingualism and language contact, and language policy. Aspects like the distinction between language and dialect will be covered next to how language attitudes shape our communicative behaviour and the way we perceive speakers. The course has both theoretical and empirical content and includes many case studies and practical exercises from languages and regions around the world. This course is recommended for linguistics [...]
LING2050 – Grammatical Description (Core) Dr. Joseph Perry Introductory Course. Sem 1, 6 credits Course Description This course aims at giving the student a comprehensive introduction to basic concepts used in the description of morphology and syntax, independent of any model of grammar. Exercises accompany the topics introduced. Example analyses are drawn from various languages. The following topics in morphology and syntax will be covered: words, morphemes and morphs, word classes, immediate constituents, phrase structure, functional relations, and sentence structure. Course materials will be provided by the lecturer. Pre-requisite LING1000 Course Details Syllabus: Assessment: 100% coursework Tutorials: Textbook: Maggie Tallerman. 2011. [...]
LING2061 Linguistic Fieldwork Dr. Joseph Perry Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description In this course, students will learn techniques and strategies for eliciting, recording, and archiving data about an unfamiliar language. These skills are necessary for adding to our knowledge of the world’s languages. Students will work with a native speaker of an unfamiliar language throughout the semester, both in class and in tutorial sessions, to identify interesting properties of the language, collect data, and ultimately write up a grammar of a subpart of the language. Pre-requisite LING1000, LING2004, LING2027 and LING2050 Assessment 100% course work
LING2037 Bilingualism Dr. Wai Ting Siok Advanced Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course aims to provide a theoretical understanding of bilingualism from a psycholinguistic and neuropsycholinguistic perspective, with emphasis on bilingual language development and mental representations of the two languages. Various aspects of bilingual behavior such as code-switching and language mixing and various factors that may affect bilingual behavior such as age-related differences, the influence of the first language, the role of attitudes, motivation and learning contexts will be discussed and examined. Course Details Syllabus N/A Prerequisite: LING1000. Non-permissible combination: PSYC0038. Assessment 100% coursework: Tutorial assignment and performance: [...]
LING2004 Phonetics: Describing sounds (Core) Dr. Jonathan Havenhill Introductory Course. Sem 1 , 6 credits Course Description Phonetics studies the sounds of speech, as a topic in itself and as a basis for studying other levels of language structure such as Phonology and Morphology. This course focuses on articulatory phonetics; the speech mechanism; the description and classification of sounds of languages; sounds in context; prosodic features; tone and intonation; and practical work. Pre-requisite LING1000 Course Details Syllabus: Distributed during the first class meeting Assessment: A combination of assignments, exams and practical tests. Tutorials: To be determined by the end of the [...]
LING1000 Introduction to Language Dr. Olivia Lam Pre-requisite course. Sem 1, 6 credits Course Description This course is an introduction to linguistics, the scientific study of language. The course begins with an introduction to the field, and with a discussion of what ‘language’ is. We then learn how speakers use language forms to convey meaning. This includes an introduction to the study of (i) sound patterns (phonetics and phonology); (ii) word structure and sentence structure (morphology and syntax); and, (iii) meaning (semantics and pragmatics). These are some of the more fundamental tools that linguists use to analyze language. We also introduce [...]
LING2034 Psycholinguistics Dr. Heeju Hwang Introductory Course. Sem 2, 6 credits Course Description This course is an introduction to psycholinguistics and will examine issues concerning how language is acquired and processed in the mind. Essential concepts of the mental processes involved in language comprehension and production and contemporary research will be covered in this course. There will also be practical laboratory classes. Course Details Syllabus: N/A Prerequisite: LING1000 Assessment: 100% course work Tutorials: N/A
LING2009 Languages of the World Dr. Yoongsang Song Introductory Course. Sem 1, 6 credits Course Description This survey of the world’s languages covers how languages are classified into families and types as well as issues of linguistic diversity and endangered languages. The course involves regular practical work. The course satisfies the prerequisite for the advanced course, Language typology, and also provides useful background for all courses in linguistics. Pre-requisite| LING1000 Course Details Syllabus: Click here Assessment: - The course will be assessed 100% by coursework, consisting of:Midterm quiz (multiple choice + short answers: 20%) - Final quiz (multiple choice + short [...]
Two MPhil/PhD Positions available: Psycholinguistics and General Linguistics Applications are now open for two MPhil/PhD position in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong in psycholinguistics and general linguistics. Psycholinguistics The position will be taken up with the Language Processing Lab, headed by Dr. Heeju Hwang (email@example.com). The lab is interested in examining the mechanisms underlying language processing, including topics such as cross-linguistic sentence production, bilingual language processing, differences between first and second language acquisition, and the interface between linguistic and cognitive processes. The lab is equipped with an eye-tracking system and has an access to an ultrasound [...]