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Chinese Name: 錢志安

Variants: Chin, A. C., Chin, C. O. A.

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 and Teaching Development Grants.

In 2012, he developed a corpus of mid-20th century Hong Kong Cantonese with data drawn from dialogues recorded in early Cantonese movie produced between 1950 and 1970 [http://corpus.eduhk.hk/hkcc/]. 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 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. 


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.


Dr. Chin is 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

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

(last update: July 2017)

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

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Research Outputs 1998 2019

Are females and males equitably represented? A study of early readers

LEE, F. K. J. & CHIN, C. O., Feb 2019, In : Linguistics and Education. 49, p. 52-61

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

gender role
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Initiatives of digital humanities in Cantonese studies: A corpus of mid-twentieth-century Hong Kong Cantonese

CHIN, C. O., 2019, Digital humanities and new ways of teaching. TSO, A. W. (ed.). Singapore: Springer, p. 71-88

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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media technology
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The corpus of mid-20th century Hong Kong Cantonese (second phase) and its applications

CHIN, C. O. & TWEED, A. M., Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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唔好客氣 vs. 咪走寶: A corpus-based study of Cantonese prohibitive markers

CHIN, C. O., Apr 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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