BA, MA (Texas); MA, PhD (S. Calif.)
Prof. Virginia Yip received her BA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California. She is Director of Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre at CUHK, Co-Director of the Bilingualism and Language Disorders Laboratory at CUHK-Shenzhen Research Institute, Director of the Chinese University of Hong Kong-Peking University-University System of Taiwan Joint Research Centre for Language and Human Complexity and Co-Director of the University of Cambridge – Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism . From 2011-2014, she served as Chairperson of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at CUHK. Her research interests include bilingualism, bilingual acquisition, second language acquisition, Cantonese, Chaozhou and comparative Chinese grammar, psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience. She is the author of Interlanguage and Learnability: from Chinese to English (John Benjamins) and co-author of a series of works on Cantonese grammar published by Routledge: Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (which has been translated into Japanese), Basic Cantonese and Intermediate Cantonese. Her monograph The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact, co-authored with Stephen Matthews (Cambridge University Press) received the Linguistic Society of America’s Leonard Bloomfield Book Award in 2009. She serves on the editorial board of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, Languages, Second Language Research andMultilingual Education. She served as a panel member of the Humanities and Social Sciences panel at the European Research Council. She was a faculty member of the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute 2015 at University of Chicago.