Our People

Members and associates of the RCPCE are involved in solid and internationally acclaimed work in (critical) discourse analysis, discourse intonation, intercultural communication studies, language assessment, lexical studies, systemic functional grammar, and so on related to professional contexts.

Director

Prof. Kathleen Ahrens, Professor

Research interests include conceptual and critical metaphor analysis, corpus linguistics, language and politics, language and creativity, and children’s and young adult literature.

Associate Director

Dr Jane Lockwood, Adjunct Associate Professor

Research interests includes English communication in workplace, virtual and digital communication in business discourses, communications assessment practices and development in tertiary and workplace setting. She has published widely on workplace communication training and assessment.

Internal Members

Dr Aditi Bhatia, Associate Professor

Research interests include discourse analysis, applied linguistics, language and power, media communication, persuasive communication, and professional communication.

Dr Clarice Chan, Research Assistant Professor

Research interests include ESP, EAP, business English, English for health professionals, and second language acquisition.

Dr Mable Chan, Research Assistant Professor

Research interests include second language acquisition, generative grammar, syntax and semantics, language education, curriculum development, and teaching and learning of business/academic English.

Prof. Winnie Cheng, Adjunct Professor

Research interests include ESP, intercultural pragmatics and communication, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and discourse intonation.

Dr William Feng, Assistant Professor

Research interests include multimodal discourse analysis, systemic functional theory, media and communication, and education and multimodal literacy.

Dr Victor Ho, Associate Professor

Research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis, professional communication, systemic functional linguistics, and English for academic/specific purposes.

Dr Phoenix Lam, Assistant Professor

Research interests include corpus linguistics, (multimodal) discourse analysis, professional communication, computer-mediated communication, and linguistic landscape.

Dr Phoebe Lin, Research Assistant Professor

Research interests include phraseology, formulaic language, idioms, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, English intonation and rhythm, English language teaching (ELT), computer-assisted language learning, and research methods.

Dr Renia Lopez, Assistant Professor

Research interests include cognitive pragmatics, second language acquisition, and gestures.

Prof. David Qian, Adjunct Professor

Research interests include language testing, assessment and evaluation in professional contexts, learner corpora and occupation-specific corpora, communication in professional workplaces, and educational measurement.

Prof. Martin Warren, Professor

Research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, lexical semantics, phraseology, and pragmatics.

Dr Amy Suen, Instructor

Research interests include critical genre analysis, multimodality, and professional communication.

Dr Dennis Tay, Associate Professor

Research interests include cognitive linguistics, healthcare communication, the language of psychotherapy, and statistical modeling of discourse.

Dr Dora Wong, Instructor

Research interests include e-learning and teaching, language arts, and translation.

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Dr Xu Xunfeng, Visiting Lecturer

Research interests include corpus linguistics, systemic functional linguistics, grammatical analysis, call centre discourse, computer-mediated communication, and multimedia and computer-assisted language learning.

Honorary Advisors

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Prof. Gu Yueguo

Prof. Gu is Research Professor of Linguistics, Head of the Contemporary Linguistics Department, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. He is also Pro-Vice Chancellor of Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Dean of the Institute of Online Education and Special Professor of the University of Nottingham. His research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, rhetoric, the philosophy of language and online education.

PhD Students

Miss Tiffany Ching

Research interests include ESP, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics.

Mr William Lee

Research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural/cross-cultural communication and professional communication.

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Miss Maggie Leung

Research interests include corpus linguistics, lexical studies, phraseology, English for specific purposes, genre analysis, and discourse analysis.

External Members

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Dr Nervino, Esterina

Research interests include Corporate Communication, Branding and Advertising, Social Semiotics/Multimodality.

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Mr Arthur Stuart Firkins

Manager, Disability Programme Central Australia, Northern Territory Department of Health and Families.

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Prof. Cheng Le, Professor of Legal Discourse and Translation, Professor of Law, Zhejiang University

Research interests include legal discourse, legal translation, language law and planning, semiotics, language for special purposes, corpus linguistics.

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Dr Gail Forey, Senior Leturer, Department of Education, University of Bath

Research interests include discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics, critical discourse analysis, language of the workplace, professional discourse, literacy and education, English language teacher education, and English for academic purposes.

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Dr Ho Nga Man Janet, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Lingnan University

Research interests include language studies in intercultural and professional contexts, metaphor studies, corpus linguistics and pragmatics.

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Dr Kathy Ling Lin, Lecturer, Institute of Corpora and Intercultural Studies, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Research interests include corpus linguistics, genre studies, English for academic and professional purposes, lexical semantics and pragmatics.

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Mr Francis Low

Research interests include multimodal discourse analysis, advertising images, the multisemiotic of children’s picture books, design intention and emotion, websites message layout, tri-modality of food, and multisemiotics.

External Associates

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Future Perfect

Future Perfect is a communication advisory firm that optimizes performance and cross-cultural collaboration through expert understanding of English for Specific Purposes. Our unrivaled products are based on rigorous research and authentic data – ensuring our insights are relevant to real-world business needs. Our clients include major multinational companies across a variety of industries, such as finance, legal, oil & gas, insurance and telecommunications.

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Centre for Professional and Business English (CPBE), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Provider of language and communication courses and consultancies to organisations in Hong Kong and mainland China. Practical expertise in developing writing skills, plain English, intercultural communication, language benchmarking and teacher development.

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Dr Lynne Jocelyn Flowerdew, Formerly of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, genre analysis, systemic functional linguistics, English for academic and professional communication, and syllabus design and methodology.

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Dr Kenneth C. C. Kong

Research interests include discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics, multimodal analysis, functional linguistics, and language education.