Trained as a linguist, Dr. Andy Chin has a wide range of interests in linguistics research, including linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and Chinese linguistics. He has undertaken different types of projects supported by General Research Fund, Early Career Scheme, Knowledge Transfer Fund, Central Research Fund and Teaching Development Grants.
In 2012, he developed a corpus of mid-20th century Hong Kong Cantonese with data drawn from dialogues recorded in early Cantonese movie produced between 1950 and 1970 [http://hkcc.eduhk.hk/]. The corpus data is useful for studying how Cantonese was used half a century ago. The cinematic nature of the corpus can also be used for studying the inter-relationship between language and culture and society. A digital museum has been constructed to highlight some interesting but unnoticeable linguistic changes of the Cantonese language over the past 60 years. The language items displayed include vocabulary and grammatical structures together with the selected video segments from the Cantonese movies.
Dr. Chin has taught a great variety of linguistics courses: Introduction to Linguistics, Language and Society / Sociolinguistics, Spoken and Written Discourse, Chinese Rhetoric, Structure of Chinese, Cantonese Linguistics, Langugage, Society and Cognition, Asian Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca in Asia. He also teaches Cantonese grammar courses for students in the area of Speech-Language Pathology.
Dr. Chin is a recipient of Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies, HKIEd President's Award for Oustanding Performance in Research (under the category of Early Career Research Excellence Award), Young Scholar Award for Best Paper conferred by the International Association of Chinese Linguistics.
From 2018 to 2019, Dr. Chin was the President of The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong.
More information about Dr. Chin can be obtained from his homepage at http://www.hkseattle.com.