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I am Research Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I studied at Peking University (B.A., M.A.) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil., Ph.D.), where I received training in theoretical and applied linguistics. My doctoral dissertation, supervised by Dr Boping Yuan, investigated the representation of the Mandarin focus cleft construction in the grammatical systems of adult heritage and second language learnersMy post-doctoral research was conducted at the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC) with Professor Virginia Yip. My recent research interests have been the development, maintenance, loss and revival of Chinese in younger learners in bilingual contexts, as well as online processing and real-time incorporation of cross-domain grammatical features by bilingual speakers. I have been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mandarin grammar, language acquisition and bilingualism, and welcome research topics on the acquisition, processing and use of Mandarin and/or Cantonese by all types of bilingual speakers.

I was born and raised in Guangzhou, and attended the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University. I grew up speaking both Cantonese and Mandarin (Putonghua).