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HKU Summer Institute 2015

HKU Summer School for Linguistic Research, Linguistic Diversity in Asia: Theories and Methods

Course Code: LDIA

Area of Interest: Arts & Humanities,

Type of programme: Non-credit-bearing course

Course Period:

July 7 - 18, 2014

Organizer:  Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts


To provide a forum for graduate and senior undergraduate students of Linguistics in Hong Kong and the Asian region in particular to engage in theories of language of current relevance, cutting-edge research methods and rigorous empirical exposure to primary data.

Course Structure:

The summer school will be held with a special theme: Linguistic diversity in Asia: Theories and Methods. During the first week, several courses will be offered meeting four times during the week (8 hours total). The second week will be an intensive course on documentation led by Peter Austin (SOAS).

There will be a postgraduate student conference organized for Saturday July 12, leaving Sunday to explore Hong Kong before kicking off the second week. 

Week 1: July 7-11, 2014

During the first week, students may choose to enroll in up to four of the following courses:

1. Emergent phonology (Diana Archangeli)

2. Typology and transfer in bilingual acquisition (Stephen Matthews)

3. Complexity in language: structure and variation (Umberto Ansaldo)

4. Brain mechanisms of language: Universal or culture-specific? (Tan Li-Hai)

5. Language history and the Pacific World (Mark Donohue, ANU)

Saturday July 12, 2014: Postgraduate student conference

Sunday July 13, 2014: Exploring Hong Kong.

Week 2: July 14 - 18, 2014

This will be an intensive course on the state of the art in documentation led by Peter Austin.


Postgraduate and senior Undergraduate students in linguistics

Pre-requisite: Background in general linguistics

Programme fee:  Residential: HK$5,000 for 2 weeks (HK$2,500 for 1 week). Non-residential: HK$3,000 for 2 weeks (HK$1,500 for 1 week)

Deadline for application:  March 30, 2014

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Dr. Umberto Ansaldo


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