1 08, 2022



LING7015 Pragmatics Dr. Leo Hoye MA Elective course. Sem 2Friday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: RRST-4.04 Course Description The course introduces students to linguistic and extralinguistic approaches to language use and the making of meaning, where the roles of language users, their interlocutors, and the contexts in and through which they act and use language are considered paramount. As a contextually-driven perspective on meaning, Pragmatics contrasts with Semantics which tends to focus on instances of language – linguistic expressions – that are abstracted from their real-world contexts of use. Topics to be explored include both canonical and current approaches to meaning [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

6 02, 2018



LING6028 Topics in Language Acquisition Dr. Elaine Lau MA Elective course. Sem 1 Wednesday, 2:30 pm – 5:20 pm (Venue: CPD-3.01) Course Description The course introduces current linguistic approaches to language acquisition in bilingual and multilingual contexts. Topics will include the acquisition of Cantonese and English by bilingual children; acquisition of English as second language by Chinese speakers, and vice versa; and the acquisition of a third or additional language by bilinguals. The course is particularly suitable for those with some experience of language teaching. Course Details Assessment: 100% coursework

31 01, 2018



LING7012 Introduction to Data Science for Linguists Dr. Christophe Coupé MA Elective course. Sem 1 Wed, 9:30 am – 11:20 am Venue: RRST-4.04 Course Description This course offers students a detailed introduction to data science and its application to linguistic issues. It covers both theoretical aspects and methods, and assumes no strong background in mathematics or computer science. Following an introduction to data science, a number of statistical concepts and tools will be introduced and applied to linguistic data. Simple natural language processing (NLP) techniques will also be covered. Topics include: sampling, descriptive and inferential statistics, basic parametric and non-parametric statistical tests, regular [...]

20 12, 2017



LING6031 Multilingualism Dr. Michelle Li MA Elective course. Sem 2 Time: Sat 9:30 am - 12:20 pm Venue: CPD-3.01 Course Description This course provides a broad overview of issues pertinent to multilingualism, with an emphasis on the linguistic, social and cultural diversity of multilingual societies. Theories and approaches to the study of multilingualism will be illustrated by different multilingual settings around the world, with special focus on Hong Kong and Asian contexts. Topics related to the linguistic consequences of multilingualism include diglossia, code-switching and language change. We also look at educational issues created by multilingualism and how they are resolved. Course [...]

20 12, 2017



LING6022 Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia Dr. Liu Chun Yin Ralph MA Elective course. Sem 2 Monday 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: RRST-4.04 Course Description This course aims to provide a theoretical understanding of reading development and reading disorders in different writing systems, with a specific focus on alphabetic (English) and logographic (Chinese) writing systems. Through attending the course, students will be able to understand how different cognitive processes contribute to the development of skilled word reading and text comprehension and what problems children may encounter during the course of reading development. Effective treatment and instruction approaches will also be [...]

20 12, 2017



LING6019 Grammar and Interaction Dr. Olivia Lam MA Elective course. Sem 2 Tuesday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm (Venue: RRST-4.04) Course Description This course introduces students to the recent advances in the study of the interface between linguistic structure (grammar) and human interaction (spontaneous communication).  It focuses on issues of the identity of basic interactional units and how syntax, prosody, semantics and conversational structure shape one another in naturally occurring talk. Topics include: Syntax of sentences in progress, Adverbial clauses in conversation, Repair and syntax, Conversational turns and their extension. Assessment: 100% coursework

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