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Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre

Phone: (852) 3943 1995
Fax: (852) 2603 7865

Dept of Linguistics and Modern Languages
Rm 216, Li Dak Sum Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, N.T.,
Hong Kong SAR

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Jun 1, 2012


The establishment of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC) in 2008 marks an important milestone in the development of research in language acquisition and bilingualism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). CBRC was launched in 2008 with an inaugural international Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood. It is the first Centre of its kind in Asia dedicated to the study of childhood bilingualism and multilingualism in diverse environments and communities with a focus on the development of Cantonese, Mandarin and English. The Centre has been supported by the Focused Investment Scheme from CUHK and research grants from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

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Prof. Nick Evans from Australian National University visited CBRC on 13 May, 2013. We were grateful that Prof. Evans gave a talk on linguistic field work in New Guinea.


Prof. Jasone Cenoz and Prof. Durk Gorter from University of the Basque Country visited CBRC on 9 Jul 2012. We were grateful that Prof. Cenoz gave a talk on "Real multilingual speakers vs. ideal speakers of several languages" and Prof. Gorter gave a talk on "Multilingual interaction in education and society".


Kenneth Mai from Prof. Maria Polinsky's Lab at Harvard University visited CBRC on 1 Jun 2012.


Prof. Li Ping from Penn State University with Prof. Virginia Yip (Director, CBRC), Miriam Wong (Brandeis University) and Jacky Kwan (CUHK) visited CBRC on 30 May 2012.


Media Releases

Dr. Stephen Matthews, CBRC Co-Director, was interviewed by South China Morning Post (南華早報) on 27 May, 2012.

Topic: Schools may be killing dialect


International Conference on Bilingualism and Comparative Linguistics

Date: 15 May 2012 (Tuesday) - 16 May 2012 (Wednesday)
Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong


港台節目《天下父母心》(6月7日 7:00 pm-7:30 pm翡翠台)

CBRC in collaboration with RTHK to explore the challenges parents encounter when raising bilingual and multilingual children

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Congratulations to Hinny Wong, recipient of the LSHK Outstanding Thesis Award! Hinny received the award from the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong and presented her work at the Annual Research Forum in December 2010.

Title of her MPhil thesis:
The acquisition of verb-particle constructions in Cantonese-English children

Media Releases

Article in 兒童尖子教育, 2010 No.09



Information for Parents

The quest for English comes at a price-SCMP, 2 August 2010


Visitors from Educational Publishing House 教育出版社:
Chris Law, Alice Tang and Karen Chan

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Professor William S. Y. Wang was interviewed by the Directors of Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre in April 2010

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Collaboration with Professor Maria Polinsky's team at Havard University


Media Releases

An interview with CBRC Directors on p.2 and p.3 of the article

Sunday's Poughkeepsie Journal


Media Releases

Prof. Virginia Yip, CBRC Director, was interviewed by MingPao (明報) on 18 April, 2010.

Topic: 雙語環境思維不同


Feedback on "Workshop on Bilingualism and Language Acquisition: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series"

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Workshop Photos

Photos of the workshop are available online now. Please click here.



Workshop on Bilingualism and Language Acquisition: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series

Date: 17 March 2010 (Wednesday)
Venue: Cho Yiu Conference Hall, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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