• Conferences and Events

Launch of our Knowledge Transfer project on the assessment of language proficiency in Hong Kong children (October 2019):
See poster and article in Yahoo news.

Dr. Angela Xiaoxue He from the University of Southern California presents a seminar:

Title: How do young children ‘decipher’ the meanings of ‘tough words’?
Date: 12 March, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:30 pm -5:30 pm
Venue: Swire Hall Rm1, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Media interview by 深圳卫視Shenzhen TV: video
with footage of the Symposium Panel on Language Development and Bilingualism in Early Childhood at the Shenzhen Research Institute on 15 December 2018
Date:14-15 December 2018 (Friday & Saturday)
Keynote speakers:
Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland
Lee Cher Leng, National University of Singapore

Prof. Yinglin Ji from Shenzhen University presents a seminar in our lab:
Title: Representing motion events beyond language use: An exploration of L1 and L2 learners
Date: 28 September 2018 (Friday)
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Venue: Room G14, Leung Kau Kui Building, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Presentations of CBRC members at ISB11, University of Limerick, Ireland, 11-15 June 2017

Workshop on Documenting Children’s Language
jointly organized by the Department of Linguistics (HKU), CUHK-Peking U-UST Joint Research Centre for Language and Human Complexity and Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre.

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017
Venue: 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower, University of Hong Kong

3:30-4:30pm  Forum speaker: Prof. Evan Kidd, Australian National University
Widening the contexts of language acquisition
4:30-5:00pm  discussion (moderator: Prof.Virginia Yip, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
5:00-5:15pm  Prof. Anita Wong, University of Hong Kong
Documenting the language of children with Specific Language Impairment
5:15-5:30 pm Prof. Angel Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Documenting the language of bilingual minority children
5:30-5:45 pm Prof. Mai Ziyin and Prof. Virginia Yip, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Documenting the language of heritage children
5:45-6:00pm Q&A (moderator: Prof. Stephen Matthews, University of Hong Kong)

Prof. Virginia Yip was invited by the HKSAR Education Bureau to give a public talk “Nurturing children’s bilingual ability” 培育兒童的雙語能力 on 16 June 2016.

Congratulations to the University of Cambridge on the successful bidding of a group grant funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s Open World Research Initiative. CBRC is pleased to be an international partner of the project.

Profs Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews are keynote speakers at the 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-3) 12-13 March 2016

The International Symposium on Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism is organized by CUHK, 18-19 December 2015

Prof Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews are keynote speakers at the 3rd International Conference of the Psycholinguistics Association of China 第三届中国心理语言学国际研讨会 13-14 November 2015

Prof Virginia Yip gives a keynote speech at the 4th International Conference on Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language in Singapore on 9 – 10 September 2015

Prof Virginia Yip is invited speaker at the Mother Tongue Languages Symposium in Singapore on 29 August 2015

CBRC members present at the 23rd Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-23) and the 1st International Symposium on Sino-Korean Linguistics (ISSKL-1) at Hanyang University, Korea in August 2015

CBRC members present at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB10) at Rutgers University, USA in May 2015

CBRC members present at the 27th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-27) at UCLA, USA in April 2015

  • Visitors

Prof. Salikoko Mufwene visits CBRC and delivers a distinguished lecture “The complex linguistic behavior of a plurilingual” on 26 June 2016.
Prof. Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh visits CBRC and discusses collaboration with our team on 11 April, 2016

Prof. Nicholas Evans from Australian National University gives a distinguished scholar lecture in Bilingualism and Human Complexity on “The multilingual matrix of languages evolution: Lessons from small-scale speech communities” at Room 101, LKK Bldg, CUHK on 6 November, 2015

Dr Stephan Stiller gives a talk on the noun bias in monolingual and bilingual children and Hannah Lam gives a talk on gesture and worder order on 27 October 2015

Prof. Twila Tardif from University of Michigan gives a talk on “Children’s early language development in English and Mandarin: From lap to lab to L2 app” at LT2, LSK Bldg, CUHK on 13 October, 2015

Jackson Lee from the University of Chicago gives a talk on “PyCantonese: Cantonese linguistic research in the age of big data” at Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre on 15 September, 2015

Elaine Lau from the University of Hawaii and University of Hong Kong gives a talk on “Online processing of classifier information by native and non-native speakers of Chinese” at CUHK on 13 August, 2015

Prof. Dong Yanping from Guangdong Foreign Studies University gives a talk on “Bilingualism and bilingual cognitive control advantages” at CUHK on 10 February and visits CBRC on 11 February 2015

“Prof. Ji Yinglin from Shenzhen University visits CBRC and gives a talk on “Linguistic and conceptual representation of motion in English and Chinese” at CUHK on 5 May, 2015

Prof. Michael Sharwood Smith visited CBRC and gave a linguistics seminar on “Exploring the Multilingual Mind: an account of how languages grow and live together in one individual” on 11 November 2014.


  • Others

Prof. Stephen Matthews’ interview with Apple Daily (21 May 2017)

Revised editions of Basic Cantonese and Intermediate Cantonese by Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews are now available from Routledge. The books include Chinese characters for all example sentences. A big thank you to Szeto Pui Yiu for his assistance with the revision.

Prof. Stephen Matthews featured in RTHK TV program “Hong Kong Stories: Local Plus 香港故事-本土 plus+” released on 28 January 2017.

Prof. Stephen Matthews’ interview with Apple Daily (25 January 2017)

Congratulations to Scarlet Li and her supervisor Prof. Gloria Zhang on the LSHK Outstanding Thesis Award!
Title of MA thesis: “The Relation of Working Memory, Declarative Memory, and Procedural Memory as Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition”

A warm welcome to Lam Bou-Lai Hannah from Harvard College, Fan Yujing Julia and Zhou Jieyu Joy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong who join CBRC as full-time members recently.

Congratulations to Deng Xiangjun who has joined the Research Centre for Language and Cognition at Shenzhen University as Assistant Professor! We say farewell to her, Yu Zishu Sophia and Liang Yinyin Lana who are also moving on.

A warm welcome to a number of new full-time members who have joined CBRC recently:  Zhu Yanxin Alice from Peking University, Wu Yuqi Riki and Li Wan Yee Scarlet from Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Stephen Matthews featured in interview with BBC on Cantonese and Pokemon.

Article in E-weekly: Issue 27 date: 2016/5/5 (video)

Prof. Stephen Matthews interviewed by E Media Plus in May 2016 (video)

A multimedia child Mandarin corpus: the Tong corpus is deposited in the CHILDES archive in the EastAsian folder. Here’s Brian MacWhinney’s announcement on March 1 2016

Prof. Stephen Matthews interviewed by Apple Daily in February 2016 (video)

CBRC Directors interviewed by Apple Daily in February 2016 (video)

A warm welcome to Dr. Stephan Stiller who joins CBRC as full-time postdoctoral fellow from 1 February 2016

Prof. Stephen Matthews featured in Apple Daily article and video

Prof Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews are keynote speakers at the China-Australia Symposium on Bilingualism in Jinan University 2-4 November 2015

Prof. Stephen Matthews gives a keynote presentation for International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers at the IB Regional Workshop at King George V School on September 12, 2015

Prof. Virginia Yip and Prof. Stephen Matthews featured in SCMP article

Prof. Virginia Yip and CBRC featured in SCMP article

Prof Virginia Yip, Director of CBRC will teach the first half of Introduction to Bilingualism at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute at the University of Chicago in July 2015.

Prof. Stephen Matthews, Co-Director of CBRC will teach The Structure of Cantonese at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute at the University of Chicago in July 2015

Congratulations to Professor Nicholas Evans on the newly established ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language of which he is Director!

Congratulations to Professor Agnes He on the launch of the Center for Multilingual and International Communication!

Congratulations to Dr Ruying Qi on the launch of the Bilingualism Resesarch Laboratory of which she is Director! Prof. Yip and Prof. Matthews were invited to give keynote speeches at the 2nd Symposium on Bilingualism and Intercultural Communication at the University of Western Sydney.