Academic Staff
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(NUI, Dublin)
Tel:  3943 7004
Office:  Fung King Hey 305

Administrative Post: Coordinator of C.W. Chu College, Lee Woo Sing College, Morningside College, S.H. Ho College and Wu Yee Sun College; Editor, Asian Journal of English Language Teaching

Research Interests

English grammar; corpus linguistics; World Englishes; the history of English; the history of linguistics

Selected Publications

Major Publications


  • An Introduction to English Grammar. 4th edition. Routledge. (with Sidney Greenbaum). 2016
  • English: An Essential Grammar. 2nd edition.  Routledge. 2010.
  • Exploring Natural Language: Working with the British Component of the International Corpus of English. Benjamins. (with Sean Wallis and Bas Aarts). 2002.
  • The Internet Grammar of English. 1998.

Selected Publications

  • World Englishes and Corpus Linguistics. In Ee Ling Low & Anne Pakir (eds) World Englishes: Re-thinking Paradigms. Routledge. (with Gabriel Ozon) (In press)
  • The circle of English: An exploration of the core and periphery of world Englishes. In Eugene Green & Charles F. Meyer (eds) The Variabiity of Current World Englishes. De Gruyter. pp. 99-115. 2014.
  • Particle Verbs in African Englishes: Nativization and Innovation. In Marianne Hundt & Ulrike Gut (eds) Mapping Unity and Diversity World-Wide. Benjamins. pp.197-213. (with Ren Hongtao). 2012.
  • 2011. Philippine English among others: An exploration of grammatical ‘keywords’ in the ICE Philippines corpus. In Ma. Lourdes S. Bautista, (ed.) Studies in Philippine English: Exploring the Philippine Component of the International Corpus of English. Manila: Anvil Press. pp. 201-22. (with Ren Hongtao) 2011.