PhD Candidate (Full-time)
Thesis (working) title: The Formation of Lingnan Linguistic Traits: Typological Structures and Diachronic Issues.
Hanbo is conducting his Ph.D. study of the formation of the linguistics areal features in the Lingnan region of China in diachronic and typological perspectives. His field of study includes Historical and Comparative Linguistics, Phonology, Phonetics, Grammar, Tonology, Language Typology, Areal linguistics and Language Contact, Bilingualism/Multilingualism and Sociolinguistics, focusing on the Kra-Dai, Southern Sinitic, Austronesian, and Vietic languages. Before joining HKU, he has completed his MA study in Payap University, by conducting a study on tonal development of Tai languages. On that basic he has proposed a practical Tai tone-box scheme which claims to capture all tonal distinctions in any Tai language (Liao forthcoming). Hanbo also focuses on the bilingual development of Zhuang children, and from 2019, he has started to compile a Yang Zhuang-Chinese-English-Thai online dictionary and an introductory textbook of Yang Zhuang language, hoping to provide resources for children’s bilingual teaching of Zhuang-Chinese in the future.
In addition to his linguistic studies, Hanbo is also a philologist in Kra-Dai languages’ oral literature. Since 2008, he has been participating in the protection and inheritance of intangible cultural heritage in the Zhuang areas of China, and helped Jingxi City of Guangxi to successfully apply for the registration of Mot Lan, a Southern Zhuang melodious art, onto the list of the national intangible cultural heritage units in 2020.
Liao Hanbo. (forthcoming). An Integrated Tone Box Scheme for Determining Tones in Tai Varieties beyond Southwestern Tai: Diachronic and Synchronic Concerns. Folia Linguistica Historica.
Supervisor: Prof. Stephen Matthews
Co-supervisor: Dr. Joe Perry