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"Knowledge is the food of soul" - Plato

Publish and Flourish brings to you a wide range of books, from research/ academic books or textbooks to books of general interest, authored or edited by staff members from the PolyU Faculty of Humanities.

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Most-cited Journal Papers
External Competitive Research Grants

Research Grants Council (RGC) - General Research Fund (GRF)

Dept Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Project Title Approved Duration (Months) Funding Awarded
CBS Dr Li Dechao Dr Tsai Jie-li
(National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
A Comparative Enquiry into Cognitive Processes of Translation and Paraphrasing---Evidence from eye-tracking and keylogging  24 89,000
CBS Prof Wang William Shi-yuan Prof Au May Lan Alma (APSS)

Dr Fong Manson Cheuk-Man (CBS)
Neurocognitive bases of immediate learning success and lexical consolidation of second language words in older adults: a multi-modal (MRI/EEG) study on medial temporal lobe functions  30


CC Dr Wu Wan-Yi Nil The Establishment of a Model of Performance of Bangzi Opera and its Relationship with the Audio-Visual Media,1911-1937  24 380,000
ENGL Dr Dennis Tay Nil Diachronic discourse structure and typology with time series models  24 424,000
CBS Dr Cheung Candice Chi- Hang Dr Hwang Heeju (HKU)

Miss Tang Tempo Po Yi (CBS)

Dr Leung Man Tak (CBS)
Relations between Theory of Mind, Mental State Terms, and Presuppositions in Cantonese-speaking Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders 30 578,746
CBS Prof Huang Chu-ren Dr Neergaard Karl David (Marseille University)

Dr Yuan Jiahong (University of Pennsylvania)

Prof Ding Hongwei (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Mandarin Alphabetical Words: A Study on the Role of Orthography in Morphological and Phonological Adaptation 24 486,420
CBS Dr Ngai Cindy Sing-bik Dr Wu Dongying Doreen (CBS)

Dr Chen Si (CBS)
The persuasive effect of the specific communication styles in corporate leaders’narrative messages on stakeholders’ attitude 24 219,214
CBS Dr Peng Gang Dr Hsiao Janet H. (HKU) General auditory or speech-specific origin? Talker normalization revisited 24 425,200
CBS Prof Wang William Shiyuan Prof Mok Vincent Chung-tong (CUHK)

Prof Au May Lan Alma (APSS)

Prof Yang Gloria Fan-Pei (National Tsing Hua University)

Prof WONG Adrian (CUHK)
Functional Connectome of Semantic Processing across the Adult Lifespan: A Multimodal Investigation using EEG and fMRI 30 813,520
CC Prof Han Xiaorong Nil The Hakka Community in Northern Vietnam since 1850: Ethnic and Political Interactions 36 281,200
CC Prof Jia Jinhua Nil Chinese Cosmology of the Warring States Period: A Thematic and Holistic Study of Four Excavated Manuscripts 36 146,464
CC Dr Pan Lu Nil From The 70s Bi-weekly to Communiqué: Autonomous Media, Social Activism and Alternative Cultural Production in Hong Kong 1970s-1990s 30 211,987
CC Dr Schoenberger Kevin Nil Developing Digital Approaches to the Study of Language and Music Interaction in Traditional Chinese Drama 24 250,530
CC Dr Tsui Kai Hin Brian Nil Embracing "New China": An Intellectual History of China-India Friendship, 1950-1955 36 284,256
ENGL Dr Tay Dennis Zhiming Mr Huang Lingyun (National Huaqiao University)

Miss Wang Hairong (National Huaqiao University)
A multi-perspectival study of attitudes and responses towards metaphor use in the university counseling context 24 377,500
CBS Dr Chan Wing-Shan Angel Prof Matthews Stephen James (HKU)

Dr Cheung Candice Chi-Hang(CBS)

Dr Hu Shenai (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Asymmetries in Cantonese Children's Comprehension and Production of Relative Clauses: Structure, Typology and Processing 36 359,600
CC Dr Tse Wai Kit Wicky Nil War as a Necessary Evil —Violence and Warfare in Early Medieval China 36 226,600
ENGL Prof Ahrens Kathleen Nil The Role of Metaphors in Reasoning 36 639,360
ENGL Dr Ho Chung Kwong Mr Sutton Jonathan Lockwood (SHTM) Dealing with criticisms: A genre-based approach to analyzing hotel management’s responses to negative online reviews 36 580,025
ENGL Dr Lin Ming Sum Phoebe Nil Investigating the effects of speech rate and word knowledge on L2 listening comprehension 24 487,500
CBS Dr Zhu Xinhua Dr Yu Guoxing (University of Bristol) Secondary School Students’ Cognitive Processing in Integrated Writing Tasks in Chinese (L1) and English (L2) 24 304,100
ENGL Prof Matthiessen Christian Dr Chan Engle Angela (SN)

Dr Rider Elizabeth A. MD (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA USA)

Dr Tang Simon YH MD (Tuen Men Hospital and Pok Oi Hospital)

Dr Lam Man Kit Marvin (ENGL)

Prof Semino Elena (Lancaster University)

Prof Lee Albert (CUHK)

Prof Slade Diana (University of Technology Sydney)

Dr Lau Chu Leung (Tuen Mun and Pok Oi Hospital)
The Critical Role of Communication in the Transition of Care of Elderly Patients from Acute to Primary Settings 24 814,500
CBS Dr Wang Binhua Prof Munday Jeremy (University of Leeds) How Does a Present Itself in Translated/Interpreted Political Discourse? - Multi-dimensional Analyses based on the Multi-composite Corpus of China's Political Discourse (MCCPD) 24 472,000
CBS Dr Lee Yat Mei Sophia Prof Huang Chu-Ren (CBS)

Prof Li Shoushan (Soochow University)
Meaning behind the Message: The Interplay of Form, Event, and User Profile in Implicit Emotions 24 514,500
CC Dr Chien Li-kuei Nil Bodhisattvas for Sale: Scholars, Curators, Dealers and Collectors in the Market for Medieval Chinese Buddhist420,000 Sculpture 36 420,000
CC Dr Tam King-fai  Nil  Remembering World War II in Hong Kong Popular Culture 18 359,850
ENGL Dr Veloso Francisco 

Dr Wildfeuer Janina (University of Bremen, Germany)

Dr Feng Dezheng (ENGL)

Prof Bateman A. John (University of Bremen)

Prof Matthiessen Christian (ENGL)

Text-image relations: an empirical investigation of the semiotic labour of comicbooks 36 572,492
ENGL Dr Yap Foong Ha

Dr Xu Hui Ling (Macquarie University)

Dr Kashyap Abhishek Kumar (ENGL)

Dr Chen Weirong (University of International Business and Economics)

Prof Matthews Stephen (HKU)

Valence-reducing phenomena and the emergence of markers of speaker affectedness 24 502,600
ENGL Dr Evans Stephen John  Nil  Investigating the past, illuminating the present: Perspectives on language policies and practices in Hong Kong education 36 187,000
ENGL Dr Chan Mable  Nil  The Role of Pedagogical Intervention: Acquisition of Tense by Cantonese ESL Learners in Hong Kong 36 677,300
ENGL Prof Warren Martin Dr Leung Chi Kong
(Chiyu Banking Corporation Ltd HK) 

Prof Firth Michael (LU)
Determining the lexico-grammar and move structure of corporate governance reports 24 682,500
 CBS Prof Huang Chu-ren  Dr Zhang Huarui (Institute of Computational Linguistics, Peking University) 

Prof Lu Jianming (Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University) 

Prof Shi Dingxu (CBS) 

Dr Lin Jingxia (CBS)
World Chineses and Their GrammaticalVariations: Empirical Studies based onComparable Corpora  36  603,064
 CC Dr Lowry Kathryn Anne  Nil A Singular Talent, Deng Zhimo as Editor-Author of Dictionaries and Fiction  24  240,442
 ENGL Dr Evans Stephen John Dr Morrison Bruce (ELC) Meeting the challenges of English-mediumhigher education: The undergraduateexperience of the new Hong Kong curriculum 36   604,630


Research Grants Council (RGC) - Early Career Scheme (ECS)

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration (Months) Funding Awarded
CBS Dr Wong Min Ney Modulation of primary motor cortex to enhance treatment of dysarthria post-stroke 36 1,411,936
CBS Dr Politzerahles Stephen Mental representations of Chinese tones: abstract vs. episodic accounts 36 742,856
CC Dr Chen Lang Mahayana Antinomianism in Sixteenth-Seventeenth Century China: From a Tiantai Perspective 30 302,000
CC Dr Wu Wan-Yi Gender, Performance and Drama: A study of Female Theater in Beijing, 1911-1937 24 252,218
CBS Dr Chen Si The duration effect in perceiving pitch directions and its interactions with vowel quality and language experience 24 435,200
CBS Dr Zhang Caicai Effect of musical disorder on the neural processing of lexical tone 36 867,590
CC Dr Leung Shuk Man Imagining a Hong Kong Identity: A Study of Chinese Cultural Revolution Discourse in Hong Kong Newspapers and Journals, 1966-1976 36 327,500
CC Dr Pan Lu Remapping World War II Memory through Commemorative Artifacts in Contemporary Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan 24 398,000
ENGL Dr Lam Man Kit Marvin Investigating the communication of relationship-centeredness in healthcare for the enhancement of patients’ satisfaction and adherence to treatment 24 415,496
ENGL Dr Lin Ming Sum Phoebe Investigating the optimal mode of input for the acquisition of second language formulaic sequences 24 517,885
CC Dr Tsui Kai Hin Brian Turncoats: Political Conversion and Anti-Communism in Nationalist China, 1927-1949 24 338,700
CC Dr Tse Wai Kit Wicky Forging a New Political Order on the Edge of the Empire: Legitimacy, Ethnicity, and the Northwestern Borderlands in Early Medieval China 24 397,000
ENGL Dr TAY Dennis Zhiming Metaphors in Hong Kong psychotheraphy talk - description, comparison, and application 36 371,000
CC Dr Lee Sylvia Wun-Sze

Seventeenth-century Women Painters and their Negotiation of Identities

30 240,000
CBS Dr Yao Yao Exploring word order variation in Chinese: A case study of the use of BA construction 24 308,000
CBS Dr Lee Yat Mei Sophia Emotion in Code-switching Contexts: Paving the Way for a Multilingual World 36 767,000
CC Dr Chien Li-kuei The Contemplating Image in the Popular Buddhism of Sixth Century Hebei 24 210,870

Economic & Social Research Council / Research Grants Council Joint Research Scheme (ESRC / RGC Joint Research Scheme)
ESRC/RGC Joint Research Scheme (5th Round) (2013)

Dept Principal Investigator  (HK) UK  Partner  Project Title Approved Duration (Months) Funding Awarded
CBS Dr Li Dechao Dr Richard Xiao, Lancaster University Comparable and Parallel Corpus Approaches to the Third Code: English and Chinese Perspectives 18 327,968

Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) - Research and Development Projects

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
CBS Dr Liu Yi The acquisition of Cantonese tones and initials by Hindi-Urdu students at Hong Kong Primary and Secondary schools 2018-19 1,079,397
ENGL Prof Kathleen Ahrens Children’s Literature in English Language Teaching for Primary Students in Hong Kong (CLELT) 2018-19 1,149,214.6
ENGL Dr Mable Chan Communicative Needs of Chinese Professionals in Hong Kong 2018-19 882,286.9
CBS Dr Leung Wai Mun Using supplementary materials to enhance Primary 6 Non-Chinese students' Chinese ability: An action research 2015-16 333,732
CBS Dr Liu Yi The acquisition of Cantonese vowels and intonation by Hindi-Urdu students at Hong Kong Primary and Secondary schools 2015-16 493,350
ENGL Dr Phoebe Lin Developing an intelligent tool for computer-assisted formulaic sequence learning from YouTube videos 2015-16 994,980

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
CBS Prof Huang Chu-Ren From Synaesthesia to Cross-cultural Representation of Cognition: A Lexical Semantic Study of Translated Buddhist Texts 2016-17 2,000,000

Innovative Training Networks

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
CBS Prof Huang Chu-Ren

Noël Nguyen LPL-CRNS and Aix-Marseille University (France)
Conversational Brains (COBRA) 2020-2024 4,000,000

National Natural Science Foundation of China - Young Scientists Fund 2015

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration (Months) Funding Awarded
CBS Dr Zhang Caicai Production and perception of lexical tone and music in Cantonese-speaking amusics 24 240,000

National Science Foundation

Dept Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Project Title Approved Duration
Funding Awarded
CBS Zhang Jie Dr ZHANG Caicai (CBS)

Dr PENG Gang (CBS)


Lee Chia-Ying
Neural mechanisms for phonological alternation with high and low productivity – a case study on tone sandhi 2017-18 439,770

Quality Education Fund

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
CBS Dr Leung Man Tak An Integrated Chinese-learning Programme for Junior South Asian Students in HK 2015-16 1,315,600
CBS Dr Zhu Xinhua Enhancing Students’ Multi-Level Processing Competency of Multi-Source Information in Integrated Language Tasks in Secondary Schools 2016-17 2,668,000

Sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
CBS Prof Chan Shui-duen Establishment of the Community Learning Centre and Development of an E-resource platform 2016-17 37,060,000

The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust (Hong Kong)

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
CBS Dr Leung Wai-mun Database construction of the 19th century (1860-1899) Cantonese Christian Writings in Hong Kong 2016-17 253,460

Translations of German Books into Other Languages, Goethe-Institut, Germany

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
CC Dr Pan Lu Translation of Über das Neue by Boris Groys into Chinese 2016-17 1,000

UGC Teaching and Learning Related Proposals (TLRP)

Dept Principal Investigator Project Title Approved Duration  Funding Awarded
ELC Dr Julia Chen Language enhancement for Capstone Projects Using Interactive Apps 2017-18 7.87 million
Benefits and Contribution to the Community

Faculty of Humanities develops and supports areas of research excellence that have a significant impact on professions, the community and the nation. The following are two perfect examples:

International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication (IRCAHC) will develop research strengths in areas such as the social psychology of language in health communication, E-Health, health economics, business and management, innovative methodology and explore the role of the community, organisations, groups and individuals who negotiate and manage patient care and safety.

Collaborated with Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs), the Speech Therapy Unit (STU) offers assessment and treatment services to people in the community suffering from communication and swallowing disorders, such as children with oral and/or reading disabilities, as well as ageing population with aphasia and hearing impairment. STU serves both people in the local community and on the Chinese Mainland who might otherwise have limited access to healthcare services.

To promote research excellence, the Faculty offers the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (DARE) to academic staff members with outstanding performance/achievement in research and scholarly activities in the area of Humanities. The award has two categories, namely: a) Research which expands knowledge in the field; and b) Research which improves our quality of life, including research in teaching and learning. Please refer to DARE recipient list for details. 

  • Partnerships with industries

Our professional researchers also form dedicated partnership with a wide range of organisations and corporations in different fields, such as public administration, education, business, engineering and provide tailor-made high level consultancy services to them, in addition to undertaking contract research projects in the areas of professional language training, courseware development and language advice with various Government bodies, quasi-governmental organisations and prestigious listed companies and institutions.

A prime example of our research output which contributes to the society is the “Hong Kong Financial Services Corpus” developed by the Research Centre for Professional Communication (RCPCE) with substantial financial funding from the Research Grants Council of the HKSAR.

The HKFSC is compiled for users to learn more about the language of the financial services industry, in particular the study of the patterns of use of specific words and phrases with a large collection of texts collected from the financial services sector of Hong Kong with currently more than 6,700,000 words in the corpus. The Corpus can benefit financial services professionals, academics and students locally and internationally and is available to all users free of charge. The computer software used to search the HKFSC on ConcGramOnline c was designed and written by the Department of English.

The Call Centre Communication Research (CCCR) project is another project which could bring great benefit to the society. The research team is able and willing to work with members of the call centre industry to carry out communication related research and consultancies, to conduct language audits with a focus on specific communication areas such as points where the interaction breaks down, and offer advice and planning on curriculum development, training, recruitment and all other areas related to communication.

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