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Pik Ki Mok
       My Chinese name

B.A. (CUHK); M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages

    Associate Dean (Student Affairs)
                 Faculty of Arts
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

peggymok --at-- cuhk dot edu dot hk
Tel:  +852 3943 1768
Fax: +852 2603 7755
ORCID: 0000-0002-9284-6083

Research Interests

Basically, experimental phonetics! I am interested in both speech production and perception, particularly with cross-linguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives. I investigate both segmental and prosodic properties of speech, but focusing more on prosodic aspects in recent years. Speech acquisition in different contexts is an important theme in my research. Additionally, I am interested in forensic phonetics, and the bilingual mental lexicon. You can see my publications and research projects I supervise for a general idea of my research interests.

The topic of my PhD thesis is 'Influences on vowel-to-vowel coarticulation', which was supervised by Prof. Sarah Hawkins at the University of Cambridge. I was interested in seeing how different factors affect a presumably physical and universal phenomenon.
I investigated two quasi-independent types of influences on vowel-to-vowel coarticulation: those stemming from the phonological structure of the language and those stemming more from phonetic or physical considerations. You can find details in my early publications.

I supervise research projects in phonetics and psycholinguistics. You can find some representative MA and BA projects here. Postgraduate research students supervised by me are as follows.

Shu Tong
PhD (in progress) The relation between gesture and prosody in tone languages
Wan Meihao
PhD (in progress) Language contact and sound change: A case study of tone variation in Jiuhe Bai
Li Qiuyuan
PhD (in progress) Sociophonetic variation of voice quality in Mandarin Chinese
Zhu Zhiqiang
PhD (in progress) The acquisition of Mandarin rhotics by advanced Japanese learners and simultaneous bilinguals
Lan Chen
PhD (in progress)
The acquisition of heritage Cantonese
Zhang Weijun
PhD (2024) Voicing contrasts in the Wenzhou dialect
Ren Xinran
PhD (2022)
L3 speech acquisition of Korean by Chinese learners
Li Yu Fai PhD (2022)
Manifestation of Cantonese lexical tones in speech registers
Donald White
PhD (2021)
Longitudinal changes in L2 speech patterns
Chen Shuwen
PhD (2020) Production and perception of English rhotic sounds by Mandarin-English bilinguals
Zhu Yanjiao
PhD (2020)
Third language acquisition: German speech patterns produced by Cantonese-English bilinguals
Li Xiaolin
MPhil (2020) The acquisition of Xiamen citation tones and tone sandhi by children
Richard Gananathan
MPhil (2019) Perceptual learning from production training with ultrasound biofeedback
Li Guo
MPhil (2017)
Effects of prosodic hierarchy on juncture realization and coarticulation in Cantonese
Holly Fung
MPhil (2016)
Phonetic realization of narrow focus in Hong Kong Cantonese and its temporal relationship with point gestures
Jingwen Li
MPhil (2014) Acquisition of lexical stress in bilingual children: English and Cantonese
Xu Bo MPhil (2013) Cross-linguistic perception of intonation by Cantonese and Mandarin listeners
Qin Zhen
MPhil (2012)
The perception of Cantonese tones by speakers of tone and non-tone languages
Zuo Donghui
MPhil (2012)
Formant dynamics of diphthongs in the speech of bilingual identical twins

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  Education background
2007  PhD in Linguistics, University of Cambridge
 MPhil in Linguistics, University of Cambridge 
 BA in Chinese Language and Literature (minor in English Language and Literature),
 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (First Class Honours)
Research Grants
Jan 2024 - Dec 2026
Human vs AI: Speech register and speech accommodation in human-machine interaction. RGC GRF, HKD 1,400,000
Jan 2023 - Dec 2024
The acquisition of complex tone sandhi. RGC GRF, HKD 742,500
Jan 2020 - Dec 2022
A phonetic investigation of the voicing contrast and tone in contemporary Wu. RGC GRF, HKD 564,988
Jan 2017 - Jan 2019
Speech patterns of Chinese heritage speakers. CUHK Direct Grant, HKD 80,000
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
From speech to spelling: Improving Chinese proficiency of non-Chinese speaking students through Cantonese speech learning. Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) Research and Development Projects 2015-16, HKD 1,244,281 (Jyutping teaching materials)
Sep 2015 - Feb 2018
Re-visiting tone acquisition of Cantonese speaking children in Hong Kong. RGC GRF, HKD 622,300
May 2013 - Dec 2014 A pilot study of intonation in Hong Kong English. CUHK Direct Grant, HKD 50,000
Jan 2012 - May 2013
A pilot study of the Chinese-English bilingual mental lexicon. CUHK Direct Grant, HKD 90,000
Jan 2010 - Dec 2011
Production and perception of juncture characteristics in three varieties of English. CUHK Direct Grant, HKD 100000 and
British Academy/ACU Grants for International Collaboration (with Dr. Jane Setter from University of Reading) GBP 4,987
Aril 2008 - Dec 2009
A pilot study of bilingual children acquisition of speech rhythm: Cantonese and English. CUHK Direct Grant, HKD 80,255
Work Experience
2021 - present
Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2014 - 2021
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2008 - 2013 Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2006 - 2007 Instructor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Undergraduate: Phonetics I (including practical phonetics), Phonetics II, Psycholinguistics
MA: Linguistics Research, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics
Topics in Phonetics

Professional Associations

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Papers and Presentations

   Journal Papers

   Book Chapters

   Conference Papers

   Conference Presentations

    Invited Talks

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Equipment for research

In addition to high-quality recording equipment (including sound-treated booths) for production research, articulatory equipment is also available:
For perception study, we have eye-trackers (both ToBii and EyeLink models) and ERP facilities in the Department.

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About Me

I am 100% Chinese, born, grew up and spent most of my life in Hong Kong. I am married and have two sons.

My body: enjoys good food, listening to hymns, watching musicals, reading, swimming, hiking and travelling. I love dogs. 

My mind: appreciates all things beautiful.

My spirit: is committed to Jesus Christ.

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