SZETO Pui Yiu 司徒沛嶢

/si˥tʰou˨˩ pʰuy˧ jiu˨˩/ or

/ɬu˧hu˩ pʰɔi˧ ŋiu˩/

Department of Linguistics

The University of Hong Kong

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I am currently Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong. I obtained a PhD in linguistics from The University of Hong Kong, supervised by Prof. Stephen Matthews and Prof. Umberto Ansaldo. I am also affiliated with the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre, which is co-directed by Prof. Virginia Yip and Prof. Stephen Matthews.

My research interests lie primarily in language contact and linguistic typology, and the interface between them. I study contact phenomena both at an individual (bi/multilingual development) and communal level. I am particularly interested in areal linguistics, contact-induced grammaticalization, as well as the interplay between linguistic and social factors in the emergence and evolution of contact varieties, including but not limited to pidgin and creole languages (strictly speaking, no language can be immune from contact-induced change; my focus is on contact scenarios involving typologically and/or genetically distinct languages, especially those spoken in East and Southeast Asia).

Research output

Journal articles*

  1. Szeto, Pui Yiu (forthcoming). Revisiting the Amdo Sprachbund: Genes, languages, and beyond. Himalayan Linguistics.

  2. Szeto, Pui Yiu & Chingduang Yurayong (in press). Sinitic as a typological sandwich: Revisiting the notions of Altaicization and Taicization. Linguistic TypologyLink

  3. Yurayong, Chingduang & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2020. Altaicization and de-Altaicization of Japonic and Koreanic. International Journal of Eurasian Linguistics 2(1). 108–148. Link

  4. Szeto, Pui Yiu & Chingduang Yurayong. 2019. 东亚海岸语言区域及群体制图 [Mapping linguistic areas and populations in Coastal East Asia]. 汉语史与汉藏语研究 [Studies in History of Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Languages] 5. 26–45. Link

  5. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Jackie Yan-ki Lai & Umberto Ansaldo. 2019. Creole typology is analytic typology. Language Ecology 3(1). 89–119. Link

  6. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews & Virginia Yip. 2019. Bilingual children as “laboratories” for studying contact outcomes: Development of perfective aspect. Linguistics 57(3). 693–723. Link

  7. ​Szeto, Pui Yiu, Umberto Ansaldo & Stephen Matthews. 2018. Typological variation across Mandarin dialects: An areal perspective with a quantitative approach. Linguistic Typology 22(2). 233–275. Link

  8. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2018. Perfective ‘already’ in Cantonese-English bilingual children: A case of relabeling or grammaticalization? LECT 1. 1–20. Link

  9. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews & Virginia Yip. 2017. Multiple correspondence and typological convergence in contact-induced grammaticalization: Evidence from Cantonese-English bilingual development. Journal of Language Contact 10(3). 485–518. Link

*To observe the double-blind review policy, only published and accepted papers are listed here.

Book

  1. Szeto, Pui Yiu (under contract). Language contact and areal convergence: Typological change in China and beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book chapters

  1. Ansaldo, Umberto & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2020. Pidgin and Creole ecology and evolution. In Umberto Ansaldo & Miriam Meyerhoff (eds.), The Routledge handbook of Pidgin and Creole languages, 504–519. Abingdon: Routledge.

  2. Ansaldo, Umberto, Walter Bisang & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2018. Grammaticalization in isolating languages and the notion of complexity. In Heiko Narrog & Bernd Heine (eds.), Grammaticalization from a typological perspective, 219–234. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Proceedings papers

  1. Yurayong, Chingduang & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2020. A parallelism in the postverbal auxiliary verb constructions in languages of Northeast and Southeast Asia. In А. Ю. Вихрова [A Y. Vikhrova] (ed.), Языки стран Дальнего Востока, Юго–Восточной Азии и Западной Африки: материалы XIV Международной научной конференции [Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Languages of the Far East, Southeast Asia and West Africa (LESEWA-XIV)], 60–66. Moscow: Key-C Publishing House. Link

  2. Yurayong, Chingduang & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2020. (De-)Altaicisation as convergence and divergence between Japonic and Koreanic languages. In Michael Barrie (ed.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics, vol. 27. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. Link

  3. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2015. Classification of Yue and Pinghua: A lexicostatistical approach. In Jingtao Sun & Carine Yuk-man Yiu 孙景涛、姚玉敏 (eds.), 第十八届国际粤方言研讨会论文集 [Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Yue Dialects], 278–297. Guangzhou: Jinan University Press.

  4. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2014. Supporting evidence for language polygenesis from Neanderthal-human interbreeding. In Erica A. Cartmill, Sean Roberts, Heidi Lyn & Hannah Cornish (eds.), The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference (EVOLANG10), 302–309. Singapore: World Scientific. Link

Conference presentations

  1. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews & Virginia Yip. 2021. Optional verbal inflection in Chinese English heritage bilingual children’s English and East/Southeast Asian creoles. Paper presented at the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL) 2021 Winter Conference. 8–9 January.

  2. Yurayong, Chingduang & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2020. A parallelism in the postverbal auxiliary verb constructions in languages of Northeast and Southeast Asia. Paper presented at the 14th International Conference on the Languages of the Far East, Southeast Asia and West Africa (LESEWA-XIV). Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University, 23–24 November.

  3. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2020. Identifying a linguistic area in the Lingnan region: Evidence from Yue dialects and beyond. Paper presented at the 24th International Conference on Yue Dialects. University of Macau, 1314 November.

  4. Zhou, Jiangling & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2020. On the post-verbal KEOI in Cantonese and other Yue dialects. Paper presented at the 24th International Conference on Yue Dialects. University of Macau, 1314 November.

  5. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2019. Typological variation across Sinitic languages: Contact and convergence. Paper presented at the LSHK Annual Research Forum 2019. The Education University of Hong Kong, 7 December.

  6. Yurayong, Chingduang & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2019. (De-)Altaicisation as convergence and divergence between Japonic and Koreanic languages. Poster presented at the 27th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference. Sogang University, 18–20 October.

  7. Szeto, Pui Yiu & Chingduang Yurayong. 2019. Mutual convergence between the Sinitic and Tai-Kadai languages in Southern China. Paper presented at the 29th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 29). Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 27–29 May.

  8. Szeto, Pui Yiu & Chingduang Yurayong. 2019. Sinicization of the Tai-Kadai minority languages in China: A typological survey. Paper presented at the Workshop on Linguistic Minorities in Asia. The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The Francis and Rose Yuen Campus, 22–23 March.

  9. Szeto, Pui Yiu & Chingduang Yurayong. 2018. Mapping linguistic areas and populations in Coastal East Asia. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics (CIEL-10). Nanjing University, 27–28 October.

  10. Szeto, Pui Yiu & Chingduang Yurayong. 2018. Typological variation across Sinitic in relation to its neighboring languages. Paper presented at the 10th international conference of the European Association of Chinese linguistics (EACL-10). University of Milan and University of Milano-Bicocca, 28–29 September.

  11. Yurayong, Chingduang & Pui Yiu Szeto. 2018. Areal tendency, diachrony and learnability of the East Asian phonologies. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Phonology and Morphology. Seoul National University, 29–30 June.

  12. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Umberto Ansaldo & Stephen Matthews. 2017. Mandarin typology: An areal perspective with a quantitative approach. Paper presented at the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT 2017). Australian National University, 10–15 December.

  13. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2017. Typological variation across Mandarin dialects: An areal perspective. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics (CIEL-9). Yunnan Minzu University, 25–27 August.

  14. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews & Virginia Yip. 2017. The transient use of perfective already in Cantonese-English bilingual children: Developmental asynchrony and typological incompatibility. Poster presented at the 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL 2017). University Lyon 2, 17–21 July.

  15. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2017. Bilingual development and creole genesis: Emergence of perfective aspect. Poster presented at the UChicago Linguistic Research Forum. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 17–18 March.

  16. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews & Virginia Yip. 2016. Development of perfective aspect in contact scenarios: Insights from bilingual acquisition. Paper presented at Language Contact in Asia and the Pacific. University of Macau, 14–15 September.

  17. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews & Virginia Yip. 2015. The emergence of perfective aspect in Cantonese-English bilingual children as a case of contact-induced grammaticalization. Paper presented at the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL) 2015 Winter Conference in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America 89th Annual Meeting (LSA Annual Meeting 2015). Portland, Oregon, 9–11 January.

  18. Szeto, Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews & Virginia Yip. 2014. The emergence of already in Cantonese-English bilingual children: A case of contact-induced grammaticalization. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics (CIEL-6). Xiamen University, 21–23 November.

  19. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2014. Supporting Evidence for language polygenesis from Neanderthal-human interbreeding. Poster presented at the 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG X). University of Vienna, 14–17 April.

  20. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2013. Classification of Yue and Pinghua: A lexicostatistical approach. Paper presented at the 18th International Conference on Yue Dialects. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 7–8 December.

  21. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2013. The limited value of Swadesh word lists in language classification. Paper presented at the 7th Annual International Free Linguistics Conference (FLC 2013). Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 27–28 September.

  22. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2013. Interbreeding between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals – Its implications for language evolution. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics (CIEL-5). The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 17–19 August.

Theses

  1. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2019. Typological variation across Sinitic languages: Contact and convergence. PhD thesis, The University of Hong Kong. Link
    Supervisors: Prof. Stephen Matthews, Prof. Umberto Ansaldo

  2. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2015. The emergence of perfective aspect in Cantonese-English bilingual children: Bilingual development and language contact. MPhil thesis, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Link
    Supervisor: Prof. Virginia Yip

  3. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2012. A comparative study on the use of qishi in Hong Kong Chinese, Mainland Chinese, and Taiwanese Chinese. MA thesis, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    Supervisor: Prof. Lawrence Yam-leung Cheung

  4. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2010. Origins of language in relation to sexual selection. MSc thesis, University of Edinburgh. Link
    Supervisor: Prof. James Hurford

Others

  1. Szeto, Pui Yiu. 2019. Mandarin dialects: Unity in diversity. Unravel: The Accessible Linguistics Magazine 14. Link

Teaching

As an instructor

The University of Hong Kong

(UG) Sociolinguistics (2020–21)

(PG) Language Types and Universals (2020–21)

University of Helsinki

(UG/PG) Variation across Chinese Dialects (2018–19)

As a tutor

The University of Hong Kong

(UG) The Life and Death of Languages: Diversity, Identity and Globalization (2019–20)

(UG) Language Evolution (2018–19)

(UG) Introduction to Language (2016–17)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

(PG) Topics in Sociolinguistics (2014–15)

(PG) Topics in Bilingualism (2013–14)

(PG) Foundations in Language Acquisition (2012–15)

(UG) Exploring Grammar: English (2012–13)

Supervision

The University of Hong Kong

(MA) Chung, Ka Fai (in progress). Reduplication in Sinitic languages.

(MA) Lin, Shuhan (in progress). Disposal construction in the Chenghai dialect of Chaoshan.

Invited talks

  1. Historical Chinese linguistics. Seminar in comparative and historical linguistics, Mahidol University, 26 February 2021.

  2. A quantitative-typological approach to East Asian phonologies. Seminar in Southeast Asian Linguistics, Mahidol University, 3 February 2021.

  3. Identifying a linguistic area in the Lingnan region: Evidence from Yue dialects and beyond. Invited Speech at the 24th International Conference on Yue Dialects, University of Macau, 13 November 2020.

  4. Typological variation across Sinitic languages: Contact and convergence. Outstanding Thesis Award Presentation at the LSHK Annual Research Forum 2019, The Education University of Hong Kong, 7 December 2019.

  5. Grammaticalization in multilingual settings: From Cantonese-English bilingual children to Southeast Asian creoles. Department of Linguistics Seminar Series, The University of Hong Kong, 13 April 2017.

About me

I'm usually referred to as "Szeto" (which is my surname) by my friends. Born and raised in Hong Kong, I speak Cantonese as my native language and am also proficient in English and Mandarin. I have working knowledge of German and a handful of Sinitic varieties. Hardly an impressive repertoire for a typologist!

Apart from linguistics, I have a passionate interest in fitness training. I am an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Besides, I am a "retired" freelance translator with a Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) certificate awarded by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL). I am also interested (though by no means an expert) in evolutionary biology, tropical cyclone forecasting, and Buddhist studies.

 

 

 
 
 
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