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Current -
Associate Professor
Linguistics and Multilingual Studies,
School of Humanities,
Associate Dean (Graduate Education),
College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences,
Nanyang Technological University
1994-2000 - Lecturer
Department of Linguistics
La Trobe University
Melbourne, Australia
1992-1993 - Lecturer
Department of Linguistics
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

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Courses taught

Introductory courses in Linguistics, e.g.
- Foundations of Linguistics
- Nature of Language
- Fundamentals of Linguistics A: Mind and Meaning
- Language Puzzle
Advanced Semantics
Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Bilingualism and Cognition
Second Language Acquisition
Child Language
Language and Society in Asia
Language and Gender
Structure and Development of English
World Englishes
Applied Linguistics
Research Methodology in Linguistics



Supervision of Graduate Students

I have graduated 2 PhD students and 8 MA students. The following are some of the research topics of my students.
  • Yosephine Susanto “Language and Emotion in Indonesian” (PhD)
  • Goh Lih Ing ‘ Bilingualism and Autism’ (PhD)
  • Xie Wen Han ‘Biculturalism and bilingualism in Singapore’ (2020, Masters)
  • Bai Lin ‘Language and emotion in bilingual Singapore’  (2015, PhD)
  • Huang Lan Fen ‘Requests and Apologies: A Study in Cross-cultural Pragmatics of Native Chinese Speakers, ESL Chinese Speakers and Native Australian Speakers. (PhD)
Other Masters supervised:
  • ‘Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Discourse Level Feedback in NNS-NNS Dyads.’
  • Beyond Spatial Terms: A Naturalistic Account of Maternal and Child Use of ‘in’, ‘on’ and ‘under’.
  • Questions in Japanese L2 Classrooms: A Comparison of Japanese Native Speaker and Japanese Non-native speaker Teachers.
  • Bilingual Language Acquisition: A Case Study
    Teacher and Non-Teacher Perception of Learner Speech
  • Attitudes and Prior Language Learning Experience in Tertiary Beginner Language Learners
  • Attitude and Motivation: Their Relationship with Foreign Language Achievement.
  • Cohesive ties in the writing of Indonesian ESL learners













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