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 The research focus in the department is on applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and professional communication.  Thematically, the research covers major areas such as health communication, political communication, digital media communication, advertising and (city) branding, language teaching and learning, as well as core areas in linguistics, including the study of language in society and discourse analysis.

Language and Professional Communication
語言研究及專業交際

This research profile focuses on all areas relating to Language and Professional Communication, including lexico-grammatical, discourse, genre and pragmatic studies in professional contexts, organizational communication, intercultural and professional communicative competencies, cultural identities in the multilingual and multicultural workplaces, and English for specific purposes.

(1) Healthcare Communication

  • Prof. Louise Cummings* (Speech and Language Therapy)
  • Prof. Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen*
  • Prof. Bernadette Watson* (Application of a Language and Social Psychology perspective to Health Communication, Intergroup Communication Across Cultures in Health Communication)
  • Dr Dennis Tay* (Mental health and psychotherapy)

(2) Political Communication

  • Prof. Kathleen Ahrens* (Language and Politics, Corpus Linguistics)
  • Dr Aditi Bhatia* (Critical Discourse Analysis, language and politics/political discourse)
  • Dr Chris Jenks* (Nationalism, American Dream, American identity)
  • Dr Anne Schluter (Populist discourse)

(3) Professional Communication

  • Prof. Hans Ladegaard* (Leadership & Gender, Intercultural Communication in the workplace)
  • Prof. Bernadette Watson* (Interprofessional communication in health)
  • Dr Victor Ho* (Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis)
  • Dr Chris Jenks* (Intercultural Communication)
  • Dr Clarice Chan (English for Specific Purposes, Business English)
  • Dr Mable Chan (English for Specific Purposes, Workplace Communication; Business English)

(4) Scholarly Communication

  • Prof. Guangwei Hu* (Academic Discourse, Research Ethics, Scholarly Publishing)
  • Prof. Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen* (Institutional Linguistics) 

Linguistics, English Language, and Systemic Functional Linguistics
語言學,英語及系統功能語言學

This research profile includes all areas of linguistics, English language and systemic functional linguistics, including grammar, lexicology, lexicography, pragmatics, semantics, phonetics, phonology, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, typology, and description and theory of languages and other semiotic systems.

(1) Clinical Linguistics

  • Prof. Louise Cummings* (Clinical pragmatics, communication disorders)

(2) Cognitive Linguistics

  • Prof. Kathleen Ahrens* (Metaphor Theory, Psycholinguistics)
  • Dr Dennis Tay* (Metaphor theory, Psycholinguistics, Quantitative research methods)
  • Dr William Feng*  (Multimodal Metaphor and Metonymy)
  • Dr Renia Lopez (Gestures)

(3) Corpus linguistics

  • Prof. Kathleen Ahrens* (Political Discourse Analysis)
  • Dr Phoenix Lam (Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis)
  • Dr Phoebe Lin (Multiword expressions, Speech prosody)

(4) Sociolinguistics

  • Prof. Hans Ladegaard* (Language & gender, Language & education)
  • Dr Chris Jenks* (Linguistic anthropology, Linguistic Landscapes, Discourse analysis)
  • Dr Phoenix Lam (Linguistic landscapes)
  • Dr Anne Schluter (Language and power, Language attitudes, Language ideology )
  • Dr Gerald Stell (Language Variation, Sociology of Language, Language Perception)

(5) Systemic Functional Linguistics

  • Prof. Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen* (Appliable Discourse Analysis, Language Description & Typology, Lexicogrammatical Cartography, Probabilistic Profiling, Multilingual Studies, Registerial Cartography)
  • Dr William Feng* (Systemic functional visual grammar, Social Semiotics)

Language Teaching and Learning
語言教學

This research area covers all aspects of language teaching and learning, including the teaching and learning of English and other languages, second language acquisition, needs analysis, programme evaluation, language policy, language in education, change management, teacher learning and professional development, multimodal features involved in teaching and learning, pronunciation, learner language corpora, corpus-driven studies of pedagogical grammar, classroom discourse, language across the curriculum, academic literacy, genre based pedagogy, pedagogy and curriculum development and English for academic purposes (EAP).

(1) English as a lingua franca

  • Dr Chris Jenks* (World/Global Englishes, CMC)
  • Dr Anne Schluter (The socio-political role of English)
  • Dr Gerald Stell (New Englishes)

(2) English for Specific Purposes

  • Prof. Guangwei Hu* (Teaching/learning of ESP/EAP)
  • Dr Clarice Chan (Business English, curriculum development)
  • Dr Mable Chan (Business English; Workplace Communication)

(3) Second Language Acquisition

  • Prof. Guangwei Hu* (Language-in-education policy, Intercultural Pragmatics)
  • Dr Chris Jenks* (Socially-distributed cognition, Interactional competence)
  • Dr Mable Chan (Generative grammar, Language Learner Autonomy, Acquisition of functional and nominal categories)
  • Dr William Feng* (Textbook analysis, Classroom analysis)
  • Dr Phoebe Lin (Computer-assisted language learning, Vocabulary acquisition)
  • Dr Renia Lopez (The pragmatic meaning of gestures)

(4) Second Language Writing

  • Prof. Guangwei Hu*
  • Dr Victor Ho*
  • Dr Chris Jenks* (Translingual writing) 

Media and Communication
傳媒及傳意

This research area focuses on all aspects of media communication in various contexts, including but not limited to creative cultural industries, public communication, and corporate communication. Research in this area analyses language, image, sound and other semiotic resources in old and new (creative) media, such as advertisements, news, comics, film, and television from different theoretical approaches.

(1) Critical Discourse Analysis

  • Professor Kathleen Ahrens* (Political discourse, critical metaphor analysis)
  • Dr Aditi Bhatia* (Political discourse, social media)
  • Dr Chris Jenks* (World Englishes, political discourse, nationalism)

(2) Discourse analysis

  • Dr Chris Jenks* (Membership categorization analysis, ethnomethodology)
  • Dr Dennis Tay* (Metaphor and metonymy in discourse, statistical modelling of discourse)
  • Dr William Feng* (Multimodality, media discourse, advertising discourse)
  • Dr Phoenix Lam (Multimodality, professional discourse, computer-mediated discourse)

(3) Public health messaging

  • Prof. Louise Cummings* (Reasoning and Argumentation) 

Area Studies and Intercultural Communications
區域研究及跨文化交際

This profile encompasses research on the linguistic and socio-cultural aspects of particular areas, such as Hong Kong and Europe. Research topics include intercultural communication in professional contexts, with emphases on English, German, French and Spanish speaking cultures, intercultural communicative competencies, cultural identities in multilingual workplaces, intercultural and intergroup communication, language attitudes and stereotypes, and language and gender.

(1) Language and Migration

  • Prof. Hans Ladegaard* (Domestic migrant workers in Asia; Internationalization and student mobility)
  • Dr Chris Jenks* (Expat identities)
  • Dr Anne Schluter (Power in migrant workplaces)

(2)  Multilingualism and Multiculturalism

  • Prof. Hans Ladegaard* (Multilingualism)
  • Dr Anne Schluter (Language policy)
  • Dr Gerald Stell (Language Planning)

The process of applying for a research studentship begins with the identification of a potential supervisor. If you already know a staff member who is willing to work with you to develop a research proposal, please start by contacting them. If you do not have a supervisor in mind already, please look at the information provided below to locate a suitable supervisor for your study by reading about them on our faculty pages and by reading their academic publications so that you have a clear idea of their area of interest and their preferred methodologies. Note that only those with an asterisk next to their name are able to accept Ph.D. students in the coming academic year.

Prior to official applications, all applicants are expected to submit a preliminary proposal of their research project to their potential supervisor with a cover letter clearly indicating their proposed field of study and their motivation for applying to study with this particular supervisor (i.e. what previous research has the supervisor done that is particularly interesting to you and relevant to your own line of study.) Attached are suggested research proposal guidelines for your reference.

Applications will normally be considered from September to December. Research places are normally filled in January to March each year, with the successful applicants starting their studies in September.

For the 2020-21 intake, the interview is scheduled for 13 December 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the interview arrangement on 11 December 2019. This is the only available date for the interview, which is a required part of the application process.

*All faculty members with a star next to their name are potential Principal Supervisors for the 20-21 intake of RPg students.

20170703 PhD Students

Following please find the website for e-prospectus and online application:

http://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme:

https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/

http://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/institutions.html

For further information, please go to Research Office

 

Last Updated in Nov 2018