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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 movies produced between 1950 and 1970 []. 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 museum has been constructed to highlight some interesting but unnoticeable linguistic changes in 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.

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. Dr Chin won several KT awards based on his Cantonese corpus. These include a gold medal and a special award at Silicon Valley International Invention Festival in 2019, and a silver medal at 2021 Geneva’s Inventions Expo.

Dr Chin is now the Head of the Department of Linguistics & Modern Language Studies (since July 2019), and Associate Dean (Research & Postgraduate Studies) of the Faculty of Humanities (since March 2023).

More information about Dr. Chin can be obtained from his homepage at

Research interests

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

External Appointments

  1. Managing editor, Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics
  2. President, The 17th Executive Committee of The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (香港語言學學會) (2018-2019)
  3. External Examiner (English courses), Lingnan Institute of Further Education, Lingnan University (September 1 2014 to August 31 2019)
  4. Member, The 16th Executive Committee of The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (香港語言學學會) (2016-2017)
  5. Member, The 14th Executive Committee of The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (香港語言學學會) (2012-2013)

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