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Pik Ki Mok
       My Chinese name

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

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages
Leung Kau Kui Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, Hong Kong

peggymok --at-- cuhk.edu.hk
Tel:  +852 3943 1768
Fax: +852 2603 7755

Research Interests

Basically, experimental phonetics! I am interested in both speech production and perception, particularly with cross-linguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives. 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 publications.

After working on segmental features for some years, I have several new areas to explore. Currently the investigation of prosody is topping my list. I investigated the speech rhythm of Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and English. I also looked at how Cantonese-English simultaneous bilingual children acquire speech rhythm. Besides, the investigation of the production and perception of tone mergers in Hong Kong Cantonese is just finished. I began to look at music training and tone perception as a result. I have also started collecting data on Cantonese child-directed speech. Additionally, I also investigate forensic phonetic speaker identity of Cantonese-English bilingual speakers, and the intonation of Hong Kong English. I am also working on the Chinese-English bilingual mental lexicon. You can see my publications for a general idea of my research interests.

I supervise research projects in phonetics and psycholinguistics:

Donald White
PhD (in progress)
Longitudinal changes in L2 speech patterns
Li Yu Fai
PhD (in progress)
Child acquisition of Cantonese tones
Holly Fung
MPhil (in progress)
Gesture and prosody in Cantonese
Li Guo
MPhil (in progress)
Interlanguage Speech Intelligibility Benefit in tone languages
Zuo Donghui
MPhil (2012)
Formant dynamics of diphthongs in the speech of bilingual identical twins
Qin Zhen
MPhil (2012)
The perception of Cantonese tones by speakers of tone and non-tone languages
Xu Bo MPhil (2013) Cross-linguistic perception of intonation by Cantonese and Mandarin listeners
Jingwen Li
MPhil (2014) Acquisition of lexical stress in bilingual children: English and Cantonese
Donald White
MA (2009)
Speech rhythm development of a balanced Cantonese-English bilingual child
(won the LSHK Outstanding MA Thesis Award in 2009)
Virginia Chung
MA (2009)
Production and perception of Cantonese tones by non-Chinese speaking students in Hong Kong
Jason Chan
MA (2011)
Lexical stress patterns in Hong Kong English
Guo Li
MA (2012)
Interlanguage Speech Intelligibility Benefit for English-Mandarin bilinguals
Chen Xi
MA (2013)
Lexical stress and musical accent in English songs
Chen Shuwen
MA (2014) Emotion words in the bilingual lexicon

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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
A pilot study of bilingual children acquisition of speech rhythm: Cantonese and English. CUHK Direct Grant
Production and perception of juncture characteristics in three varieties of English. CUHK Direct Grant, and
British Academy/ACU Grants for International Collaboration (with Dr. Jane Setter from University of Reading)
A pilot study of the Chinese-English bilingual mental lexicon. CUHK Direct Grant
A pilot study of intonation in Hong Kong English. CUHK Direct Grant
Work Experience
2014 - present
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2008 to 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: Research Methods, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics
Topics in Phonetics
Professional Associations

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Papers and Presentations

   Journal Papers


   Conference Papers

   Conference Presentations

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Conference organisation

        5-8 December 2012 The Eighth International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2012)    

        15-16 May 2012 International Conference on Bilingualism and Comparative Linguistics

        27-29 May 2012 The Third International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2012)

        16 August 2011 Workshop on Coarticulation in New Varieties of English

        22-23 August 2011 Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone (PLRT)

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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. I have been a Christian since 12. I go to this church in Hong Kong.

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Page last updated November 2014