Location
All office are located at Level 8, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (CMC), except where otherwise noted.

* Located at the Department of English Annex, Academic 1 (AC1)

** Located at Mong Man-wai Building (MMW)
Inquiries
Tel: +852 3442 8870
Email: english@cityu.edu.hk

PhD students


Email address

Simon Berry

Title of thesis
Transhumanist Representations in Speculative Fiction (Provisional)

Short abstract of thesis
An examination of transhumanist representations in contemporary speculative fiction in the context of relevant cultural, scientific, societal and political discourse which forces a re-evaluation of the humanity's ethical values and question our notion of what it means to be human. Primary works include Seveneves, Ex Machina, Mindscan, Cloud Atlas and Neuromancer.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Jeffrey Mather

 


Email address

Thomas Chan

Title of thesis
Interactional metadiscourse and citation use in rhetorical moves: A cross-paradigm comparative study of literature reviews in published research articles (Provisional)

Short abstract of thesis
Using a cross-paradigm approach, Thomas' current study aims to examine how interactional metadiscourse and citations are used in different sections (i.e., rhetorical moves) of literature reviews in published research articles following three epistemological paradigms. It is expected that the study can offer insights into how paradigms influence the two linguistic features in research writing.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Becky Kwan

 

Email address

Belinda Ko

Title of thesis
The New Political Arena: a Critical Approach to the Discourse of a Demagogue Populist (Tentative)

Short abstract of thesis
This research also aims to take a critical approach to analyse the discourse of a demagogue populist in an attempt to find out the conflicts between America politics and what Americans want. This study attempts to synergise Fairclough's and Van Dijk's models of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), Political Discourse Analysis (PDA) and Public Discourse Analysis, and to find out a new political arena of the art of persuasion and public speaking in the 21st century. (Tentative)

Name of Supervisor
Dr Carl Ng

 

Email address

Aleksandar Kordis

Title of thesis
Enhancing Mapping Procedures in Cognitive Narratology through a Multiplicity Framework

Short abstract of thesis
Aleksandar's research seeks to expand on mapping procedures in cognitive narratology by integrating a multiplicity framework. Cognitive narratology seeks to come to an understanding of the author's mind through an analysis of cognitive parameters within the text. The integration of a multiplicity framework allows for insight into deeper features of cognitive dynamics present within a narrative.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Klaudia Lee

 

Email address

Annise Lam

Title of thesis
The women who transcend space-time boundaries: a cross-cultural feminist narratological approach to the narrative structure and the aesthetics of framings in Enchi Fumiko's and Jane Austen's fictions

Short abstract of thesis
Annise's dissertation deconstructs the narrative structure and the framing strategies of the novels by Jane Austen and Enchi Fumiko adopting Susan Lanser's feminist narratology approach. The framing techniques structurally inform the historical and cultural circumstances and address the voices of the women entrapped within traditional conventions of feminine behaviour in the patriarchal cultures. The study is concluded with the cross-cultural observation in the use of narratological strategies.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Klaudia Lee

 

Email address

Maritza Ortega

Title of thesis
Learner Corpus Creation and Interlanguage Analysis in a Chilean EFL Teacher Training Program

Short abstract of thesis
Maritza's study aims to compile the spoken interlanguage of pre-service EFL teachers in order to carry out a Computer-aided Error Analysis (CEA). This new approach to the analysis of learner errors will allow the researcher to gain new insights on the grammatical and lexical features of English that Chilean pre-service EFL teachers have problems with.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Brian King

 

Email address

Tony Qin

Title of thesis
Reading Penelope Fitzgerald's "Historical" Novels: Time, Historicality, and Recognition

Short abstract of thesis
For the proposed thesis, Tony argues that temporal distanciation is the productive ground of Penelope Fitzgerald's novels. He reads the main topoi in Fitzgerald's "historical" novels, namely, time, narrated time, historical novel, and recognition of identities. His reading is informed by Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutic phenomenology, in its reorientation of the referential function of the world of a literary work to the world of the reader. Through the act of reading, the reader refigures the dialectic of fictional time and historical time in Fitzgerald's fiction. Ricoeur calls it "narrated time," with its corollaries in narrative identity and recognition.

Name of Supervisor
Professor Roberto Simanowski

 


Email address

Cathay Wang

Title of thesis
Metapragmatics of the closet: Chinese lesbians' stealth practice

Short abstract of thesis
Cathay's dissertation project takes the poststructuralist perspective of gender and sexuality, and aims to argue that instead of being "either in or out", Chinese lesbians would often practice stealth. This practice can be seen as the negotiation of all kinds of desires and values, and is manifested in a metapragmatic way in these lesbians' discourse.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Brian King

 


Email address

Huabin Wang

Title of thesis
Discursive Construction of Image in Crisis: Malaysia as a Rebranding Nation

Short abstract of thesis
Huabin's proposed thesis endeavors to conduct an analysis of the government discourse about Malaysia Airline Crash MH370, which focuses on media representations of the Malaysian government, its political stances towards the accident and the discursive process of image reconstruction as a rebranding nation.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Carl Ng

 


Email address

Gavin Wu

Title of thesis
Learning in the Wild: A telecollaborative mobile community in the Greater China region

Short abstract of thesis
The study explores how Chinese learners exploit the potential of social networking in a mobile-enabled telecollaborative learning. Through multiple qualitative research methods, it is hoped that the study could contribute to the telecollaboration research in test-dominated societies.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Lindsay Miller

 


Email address

Lorraine Yao

Title of thesis
English as a Lingra Franca in Mainland China: An Analysis of Intercultural Business Communicative Competence (IBCC)

Short abstract of thesis
The rapidly-globalized economy of China has indicated that intercultural business communication (IBC) between people from China and the rest of the world has been broadened and deepened. In general, however, few empirical studies have been conducted on BELF in Mainland China, so that little is actually known on this issue. Under such circumstances, in response, her study aims to explore the nature of BELF used in business environment of Mainland China by analyzing Chinese business professionals?communicative competence for IBC.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Bertha Du-Babcock

 


Email address

Cindy Yu

Title of thesis
Language socialization in the workplace: the acquisition of a professional genre by novice construction engineers in Hong Kong.

Short abstract of thesis
Cindy's study is a qualitative multiple case study on the transition process of novice construction engineers in Hong Kong. The study adopts multiple data sources including semi-structured interviews, field observations, and genre analysis to address different perspectives of workplace language socialization process of the engineers.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Christoph A. Hafner

 


Email address

Wenhao Zhang

Title of thesis
From Languaging to Learning: Examining Effects of Collaborative Learning on Chinese Undergraduates' Technical Vocabulary Learning in Preparing and Giving English-for-Specific-Purpose (ESP) Presentation at a Chinese University (Tentative)

Short abstract of thesis
Peer-peer interaction is pervasively perceived beneficial to language learning whilst under researched is whether and how collaborative learning mediates technical vocabulary learning. Addressing this gap, Wenhao's study explores how Chinese undergraduates collaborate with each other in preparing group and individual presentations and how collaboration affects students' technical vocabulary learning and use. It is hoped that his findings can contribute in ESP program design and technical vocabulary acquisition.

Name of Supervisor
Dr Lindsay Miller