Child Hong Kong Sign Language Corpus

The Child HKSL Corpus was initially established by Gladys Tang in 2002, as part of a research project entitled “Development of Hong Kong Sign Language by Deaf Children” supported by Hong Kong Research Grant Council #4278/01H. A donation from Dr. Alex Yasumoto currently supports the continuing development of the corpus. This corpus is the first of its kind in Asia. A major goal of this corpus is to facilitate sign language acquisition research, a growing but understudied field of research.


Wong, Yuet On. 2008. Acquisition of Handshape in Hong Kong Sign Language: A Case Study. MPhil thesis, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Tang, Gladys and Scholastica Lam. 2006. Child Acquisition of Verbs in Hong Kong Sign Language, Paper presented at the 11th Symposium on Contemporary Linguistics, Tianjin, China, 13-15 October 2006.

Tang, Gladys, Scholastica Lam, Felix Sze, Prudence Lau and Jafi Lee. 2006. Acquisition of Verb Agreement in Hong Kong Sign Language’. Paper presented at TISLR 9, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 6-9 December, 2006.

Tang, Gladys. 2007. The Acquisition of Perfective Aspect in Hong Kong Sign Language. Paper presented at the Workshop on Acquisition of Functional Categories in Asian Languages, 26 December 2007, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lam, Scholastica and Gladys Tang. 2008. The effect of Input Ambiguity on Head Directionality in early HKSL. Paper presented at the Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 11-12 December 2008.

Lam, Wai Sze. 2009. Early Phrase Structure in Hong Kong Sign Language: A Case Study. Doctoral dissertation, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.