Academic Staff
Derek CHAN
Assistant Professor
B.A., M.Phil. (CUHK), Ph.D. (Pittsburgh)
Tel:  3943 7020
Office:  Fung King Hey 325

Administrative Post: Postgraduate Linguistics Coordinator; College Coordinator (New Asia); Review Editor, Asian Journal of English Language Teaching

Research Interests

Psycholinguistics of second language acquisition and bilingualism, ultimate attainment and individual differences in SLA, tense, aspect, corpus linguistics

Selected Publications


Book Chapters

  • Chan, H. L. (Accepted). Ultimate L2 attainment and ESOL. In J. I. Liontas, M. Dellicarpini, & A. Shehadeh (Eds.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley.
  • Chan, H. L., Finberg, J., Costello, W., & Shirai, Y. (2012). L2 acquisition of tense-aspect morphology: Lexical aspect, morphological regularity, and transfer. In L. Filipovic, & K.M. Jaszczolt, (Eds.), Space and time in languages and cultures: Linguistic diversity (pp. 181-204). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Conference Proceedings

  • Chan, H. L. (2013). Aspectual coercion in non-native speakers of English. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Scbanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2006-2011). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Chan, H. L. (2007). Reduplication with phonological fixed segmentism — the emergence of the unmarked tone in Cantonese. In M. Kokkonidis (Ed.), The Proceedings for the Second Oxford Postgraduate Linguistics Conference (pp. 43-50). Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, University of Oxford.
  • Liu, Y., Massaro, D. W., Chen, T. H., Chan, H. L., & Perfetti, C. (2007). Using visual speech for training Chinese pronunciation: An in-vivo experiment. Proceedings of the SLaTE Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education. [CD-Rom]
  • Chan, H. L. (2006). Prosodic morphology of Cantonese attenuative reduplication. In Y. Otsu (Ed.), The Proceedings of the Seventh Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (pp. 87-101). Hituzi Syobo.


  • Chan, H. L. (2012). Tense-aspect processing in second language learners (Unpublished
    doctoral dissertation). University of Pittsburgh, PA.

Refereed Conference Presentation

  • Chan, H. L. & *Siu, T. W. (2016, June). L1 effects in L2 ultimate attainment of English present
    . Paper session presented at Tense, Aspect, and Modality in L2 Conference, York,
  • Chan, H. L., & Chiu, C. D. (2016, April). Reading bilingually: Asymmetrical switching costs in
    sentence comprehension
    . Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Chan, H. L. (2015, June). Morphological sensitivity in advanced Cantonese learners of English. Paper session presented at CAES International Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Chan, H. L. (2014, March). L1 effects in L2 processing of English tense-aspect morphology. Paper session presented at Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
  • Chan, H. L. (2013, August). Aspectual coercion in non-native speakers of English. Poster presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.
  • Chan, H. L. (2012, July). Language-specific effects in prototype: Evidence from processing L2 tense-aspect contrasts. Paper session presented at the 4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, London, UK.
*Joanna Siu received an Undergraduate Exemplary Capstone Project award in Fall 2015

Invited Talks

  • Chan, H. L. (2015, December). L2 tense-aspect: Experiment and Corpus. Invited talk at the International Symposium of Psycholinguistics of Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Chan, H. L. (2015, March). Aspectual coercion in L2 English speakers. Invited talk at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Chan, H. L. (2015, February). Aspectual coercion in non-native speakers of English, and Reading bilingually: Language switching costs in Cantonese-English bilinguals. Invited talks at the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University, Japan.
  • Chan, H. L. (2014, February). L1 effects in L2 processing of English tense-aspect morphology. Invited talk at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
  • Chan, H. L. (2012, March). Reading literacy. Guest lecture at Introduction to the Learning Sciences and Educational Technology, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Chan, H. L. (2012, February). A psycholinguistic investigation of L2 learners’ processing of English past and progressive morphology. Invited talk at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.
Research Grants and Awards
 2016 Principal Investigator, “Individual differences in ultimate attainment of L2 English
grammar”. Summer Undergraduate Research Programme, CUHK.
2016-2017 Principal Investigator, “Ultimate attainment of tense-aspect in L2 comprehension and translation”. Direct Grant for Research 2015-16, Faculty of Arts, CUHK. $69,000
2015-2016 Outbound Research Mobility Scheme for Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie der Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
2014-2015 Principal Investigator, “Tense-aspect processing in L2 learners: An ERP study”. (Co-Investigator, Prof. Gang Peng). Faculty Reserve of the R-portion Funding 2013-14, Faculty of Arts, CUHK. $47,000
2013-2014 Principal Investigator, “Tense, aspect, and interlanguage: A corpus-based study”. Direct Grant for Research 2013-14, Faculty of Arts, CUHK. $59,130