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Trained as a linguist, Dr. Andy Chin has a wide range of interests in linguistics research, including linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and Chinese linguistics. He has undertaken different types of projects supported by General Research Fund, Early Career Scheme, Knowledge Transfer Fund, Central Research Fund, Teaching Development Grants, SCOLAR funds.

Dr. Chin has taught a great variety of linguistics courses:Introduction to Linguistics, Language and Society / Sociolinguistics, Spoken and Written Discourse, Chinese Rhetoric, Structure of Chinese, Cantonese Linguistics, Langugage, Society and Cognition, Asian Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca in Asia. He also teaches Cantonese grammar courses for students in the area of Speech-Language Pathology.

One of the key research projects of Andy is the Corpus of Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Cantonese developed in 2012. The corpus data was drawn from the speech dialogues in early Cantonese movie produced between 1950 and 1970 [http://hkcc.eduhk.hk/]. The corpus data is useful for studying how Cantonese was used half a century ago. The cinematic nature of the corpus can also be used for studying the inter-relationship between language and culture and society. A digital museumhas been constructed to highlight some interesting but unnoticeable linguistic changes of the Cantonese language over the past 60 years. The language items displayed include vocabulary and grammatical structures together with the selected video segments from the Cantonese movies. The corpus and its derivatives won a number of awards such as the Gold Medal and the Special Award in 2019 Silicon Valley International Invention and the Silve Medal at 2021 Geneva’s Inventions Expo.

Dr. Chin is also a recipient of Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies, HKIEd President's Award for Oustanding Performance in Research (under the category of Early Career Research Excellence Award), Young Scholar Award for Best Paper conferred by the International Association of Chinese Linguistics.In 2018 and 2019, Dr. Chin was the President of The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong.

More information about Dr. Chin can be obtained from his homepage athttp://www.hkseattle.com.


Research interests

  1. Chinese linguistics (especially cross-dialectal grammar)
  2. Cantonese grammar
  3. Linguistic typology
  4. Linguistic change (both temporal and spatial dimensions)
  5. Sociolinguistics
  6. Grammaticalization

External Appointments

  1. President, The 17th Executive Committee ofThe Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (香港語言學學會)(2018-2019)
  2. External Examiner (English courses), Lingnan Institute of Further Education, Lingnan University (September 1 2014 to August 31 2019)
  3. Member, The 16th Executive Committee ofThe Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (香港語言學學會)(2016-2017)
  4. Reviewer, book proposal, Routledge (June, 2015)
  5. Member, The 14th Executive Committee of The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (香港語言學學會) (2012-2013)
  6. Convenor, Organizing Committee, Forum on "Y. R. Chao and Linguistics" (趙元任及語言學論壇) (August, 2012)
  7. Convenor, Program Committee, International Conference on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age (「漢語數碼化教與學」國際會議), The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Nov, 2011)
  8. Reviewer, Journal of Chinese Linguistcs (April, 2012)
  9. Reviewer, Lingua (March, 2012)
  10. Reviewer, 《語言學論叢》(北京大學) (September, 2011, June 2015)
  11. Reviewer, Language and Linguistics (《語言暨語言學》), Academia Sinica, Taiwan (August, 2011)
  12. Member, Board of Examiner of Doctor of Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (August, 2011)
  13. Convenor, The Eleventh Workshop on Cantonese (第十一屆粵語討論會)(under the auspices of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong) (March 2011)
  14. Reviewer of International Multilingual Research Journal (November 2010)
  15. Reviewer of papers for The LSHK Award for Outstanding Student Paper in Cantonese Linguistics 香港語言學學會粵語語言學傑出學生論文獎 (2009, 2010)
  16. Reviewer of Linguistics and Education (August, November 2009)
  17. Reviewer of abstracts for The 13th International Conference on Cantonese and Yue Dialects (2008)

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