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Dr. ZHANG, Wei  (張惟)

BA Shanghai Foreign Language Institute,
MA U. of Essex (UK),
MPhil U. of York (UK),
PhD HKU

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office: AC1-B7620
Phone: (852) 3442 6228
Fax: (852) 3442 0359
Email: weizhang@cityu.edu.hk
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Research Interests

  • Conversation analysis
  • Interactional linguistics
  • Conversational repair
  • Medical communication

Teaching Interests

  • General linguistics
  • Conversational analysis
  • Interactional linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Contrastive linguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Pragmatics

Last updated: 29 August 2014

Dr Zhang received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Hong Kong. Before joining CityU in the summer of 2006, she conducted research and teaching at the University of Hong Kong as Post-doctoral fellow and Honorary Assistant Professor. Her research draws on Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics in examining Chinese language varieties (e.g. Mandarin and Cantonese) as it is used in everyday conversation and institutional talk. She has led a number of funded projects on topics such as conversational repair, turn continuation in conversation, workplace interaction, and published papers in refereed journals and edited books. She has supervised research students on topics of medical interaction, decision-making in meetings, and storytelling in conversation.

Research Grants (as Principal Investigator)

External grants

  • A study of self-repair in Mandarin and Cantonese conversation. PI, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council [CityU154311], HK$694,000. 2012/1/1 – 2014/6/30.
  • Grammar in interaction: the syntax and prosody of turn continuation in Chinese conversation. PI, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council [CityU 151408], HK$440,000. 2009/1/1 – 2011/12/31.

CityU-funded grants

  • An investigation of the interaction between professionals in medical laboratory setting in Hong Kong. PI, Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong [7002406], HK$179,959. 2009/4/1 – 2011/3/31.
  • A comparative study on repair strategies in daily conversation and media talk in Cantonese. PI, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Grant, City University of Hong Kong [9610079] HK$59,991.25. 2007/8/27 – 2008/12/31.
  • An investigation of the strategies for self-repair in Cantonese, PI, Start-up Grant for new staff, City University of Hong Kong [7200091], HK$99,892. 2007/4/1 – 2008/12/31.

Selected Publications (in recent 6 years)

Journal Articles

  • Zhang, W., Li, B. and Chan, A. (2012) Preliminary observations of phonetic characteristics cuing turn continuation in spoken Mandarin, Proceedings of Acoustics Meeting, the Acoustic Society of America (ASA), Vol 15, 2012: 060004. [DOI: 10.1121/1.4774305]
  • 張惟,高華 (2012) 粵語自然會話中“即係”的話語功能及其標記化. 載《語言科學》2012年第11 卷第4期(總第59 期),頁387-395 [The functions of “zikhai (即係)”in Cantonese conversation and its grammaticalization. Linguistic Sciences, 2012, Vol.11/4: 387-395.]
  • Zhang, W. (2012) Latching as a turn-holding device and its functions in retrospectively oriented pre-emptive turn continuation: Findings from Mandarin conversation. Discourse Processes, Vol.49/3-4: 163-191.
  • Luke, K. K. & Zhang W. (2010) Insertion as a self-repair device and its interactional motivations in Chinese conversation. Chinese Language and Discourse, vol.1, issue 2, 153-182.
  • Zhang, W. (2010) Patient participation: questions asked by Cantonese- and English-speaking patients in a prenatal genetic counselling clinic in Hong Kong. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 20/2: 260-278.
  • Luke, K.K. & Zhang W. (2007) Retrospective turn continuations in Chinese conversation. Pragmatics, 17/4: 605-635.

Book Chapters

  • Zhang, W. & Chan, A. (2013) Self-repair in Mandarin and Cantonese: delaying the next item due in casual conversation and news interview. In Yuling Pan and Dániel Z. Kádár (eds.) Chinese Discourse and Interaction: Theory and Practice. Equinox Publishing Ltd.
  • Luke, K.K., Lam, T.P. & Zhang W. (2008) Electronic medical record keeping and doctor-patient interaction: an analysis of medical consultation in Hong Kong. In H.Sun & D.Z. Kádár (eds.) It’s the Dragon’s Turn: Chinese Institutional Discourses. Peter Lang.
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