The Department of Linguistics and Translation offers programmes of study at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels designed to address the growing needs of Hong Kong and other Chinese communities for language professionals well versed in linguistics and language applications, translation and interpretation.
At the undergraduate level, our programmes include B.A. in Linguistics and Language Applications and B.A. in Translation and Interpretation. In addition, the Department also offers minors in Linguistics and Language Applications, and Translation.
At the postgraduate level, the Department offers a non-Government funded M.A. programme: M.A. in Language Studies (with streams of Corpus and Empirical Linguistics, Pedagogical Linguistics, General Linguistics, and Translation and Interpretation).
Apart from the taught programmes mentioned above, the Department also offers research degree studies toward M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in the core research areas of the Department.
The Department encourages and promotes research in such areas as general linguistics, language technology or intelligent linguistic applications and translation and interpretation studies. According to QS World University Rankings by Subject, Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong has been ranked among the top 50 universities worldwide for 8 consecutive years (from 2011 to 2018), and has risen to 26 since 2017. Research emphases in the Department include corpus and empirical linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, computational linguistics, discourse analysis, interpreting, translation (machine and human), syntax, semantics, phonetics and terminology.
The Department also maintains links with The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS). Besides, the Department is operating three laboratories. The Language and Cognition Laboratory (LCL) is established to be one of the best equipped cognitive/neurocognitive laboratories of language studies in the region. It has all the research tools, basic as well as advanced, and state-of-the-art research facilities for carrying out cognitive/neurocognitive research in various aspects of language-related human cognitive capabilities. The Phonetics Laboratory was established in 1995. Its main research interests include phonetics and typology of the sounds of Chinese dialects, phonetic explanations for sound changes in Chinese, and phonetics in second language acquisition. It has a collection of research tools for investigation of the acoustical, articulatory, perceptual, and physiological properties of speech sounds. The Department also has a multipurpose laboratory with the most advanced equipment and facilities designed for professional training in simultaneous and consecutive interpretation as well as for language learning.
Page last updated: 10 August 2018