Departmental Research Areas

The department focuses on research in the following areas of English linguistics and literary study:



  • Cultural translation
  • Gender, language, and literature
  • World Englishes and literatures


Applied English Linguistics

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Language and pedagogy
  • Language, identity, and intercultural communication
  • Qualitative research and ethnography
  • Psycholinguistics of second language acquisition and bilingualism
  • Second language acquisition and second language phonology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • World Englishes
  • Hong Kong English


English Literary Studies

  • Creative writing
  • Drama, especially Shakespeare
  • Literary theory and philosophy
  • Modernism
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Romanticism