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Understanding lexical meaning, including meaning in context and the lexical processing of meaning in the brain, has been the driving impetus behind much of my research. In earlier research, I focused on the construction of a psycholinguistic theory of sense processing, and the construction of a cognitive model to explain conceptual and novel metaphor processing. My current research direction now takes context into account, by examining the lexical choices and conceptual metaphors used by speakers of different political backgrounds in different political genres. This area of research contributes to understanding why a speaker makes certain lexical choices and how these choices reflect his or her world conceptualization.
In addition to my research in cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis, I also explore stylistic issues in children's literature. As a creative writer myself, language choice and stylistic concerns are always at the forefront of any textual analysis. To this end, I have given lectures on narratology, picture book evaluation, picture book use in language teaching, and textual analysis of picture books.
I am a Professor in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to this position. I have also worked as Professor and Head of the Language Centre at Hong Kong Baptist University, a publicly-funded liberal arts university. Prior to coming to Hong Kong, I was a Professor in the Graduate Institute of Linguistics and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University. I have been recognised for my research with numerous competitive grants and awards, including being invited to be a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities and recently being elected to the post of Vice-President.
In addition to my academic work, I also engage in knowledge transfer as a member of the Advisory Board for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in the role of International Regional Advisor Chairperson. In this role, I oversee the activities of SCBWI regions outside the US, with the goal of assisting those who care passionately about bringing high-quality fiction and non-fiction to children and young adults around the world.
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