Dr LAM Tsz Kwan, Charles (林子鈞博士)

PhD (Purdue University)
MA (CUHK)
BSSc (HKBU)

Assistant Professor

Tel : (852) 3963 5437
Email : charleslam@hsu.edu.hk

Dr Lam received his PhD in Linguistics from Purdue University, USA. His primary research interest is syntax-semantics interface under the generative framework, i.e. how meaning shapes the structure of sentences. In addition, he is interested in the similar behaviours across different syntactic categories. He has worked on Cantonese, Mandarin and German. 

Dr Lam teaches the following courses: 

  • ENG1200 Introduction to Linguistics 
  • ENG3222 Corpus Linguistics 
  • ENG3200 Meaning and Language 
  • ENG3327 English-Chinese Contrastive Analysis
  • ENG2205 The Sound Systems of English

Journal Articles

  • Lam, C. (2021). Identities are no joke (or are they?): Humor and identity in Vivek Mahbubani’s stand-up. HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2021-0049
  • Lam, C. (2020). The V-one-V construction in Cantonese. Studies in Chinese Linguistics 41(2):161-184. [PDF]
  • Lam, C. and C. Wong (2020). Accent in digital humanities and language studies: The case in Hong Kong. 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 26(1):32–43.
  • Francis, E., Lam, C., Zheng, C. C., Hitz, J., & Matthews, S. (2015). Resumptive pronouns, structural complexity, and the elusive distinction between grammar and performance: evidence from Cantonese. Lingua, 162, 56–81.
  • Yap, H., Wang, J., & Lam, C. T. K. (2010). Clausal integration and the emergence of mitigative and adhortative sentence-final particles in Chinese. Taiwan Journal of Linguistics, 8(2), 63–86.

Book Chapter

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Lam, C. (May, 2021). Digital processing of Cantonese corpus data. School of Cantonese Studies, Education University of Hong Kong.
  • Lam, C. (May, 2021). How digital platforms facilitate parody and satire: humor in the constructionof Hong Kong identity. International Conference on Digital Representation and Research in Arts, Humanities and Culture, the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
  • Wong, C., & Lam, C. (May, 2021). Poetics of time and identity in Hong Kong lyrics: a digital investigation. Hong Kong Popular Culture: Imagining a Research Field
  • Lam, C. (Feb, 2021). Fake news and where to find them: Identifying misinformation through natural language processing and AI. Invited talk in the International Conference on Mis-information and Fake News, the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.
  • Lam, C. (Nov, 2020). A linguistic approach to misinformation in Chinese. Workshop on Computational Humanities Research (CHR). Hong Kong.
  • Lam, C. (Oct, 2020). Forms and meanings of lexical reduplications in Cantonese: a corpus study. PACLIC 34
  • Lam, C. (Jun, 2020). Acceptability judgments of Cantonese data and their implications (Invited Talk). The 3rd Forum on Cantonese Linguistics. Hong Kong.
  • Lam, C. (Apr, 2020). Variations in Cantonese relative clauses: an experimental approach. The 4th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5). The Ohio State University.
  • Lam, C. (Jun, 2019). The V-one-V construction in Cantonese. The 1st International Workshop on Cantonese Syntax. Olomouc, Czech Republic.
  • Lam, C. (Apr, 2019). Cantonese relative clauses with ge3 and classifier [廣東話「嘅」「嗰啲」關係子句]. Workshop on Cantonese 19. Hong Kong.
  • Lam, C. (Dec, 2018). Classifier-less nominals in Hokkien and Cantonese. The 11th Cross-Strait Symposium on Modern Chinese Language. Hong Kong.
  • Lam, C. & Wong, C. (Aug, 2018). Language studies in the AI era: challenges and opportunities. The 1st International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Humanities. Seoul, Korea.
  • Lam, C. (Jun, 2018). Constraints of the V-one-V construction in Cantonese: Evidence from corpus data. The 4th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-4). Vancouver, Canada.
  • Lam, C., Leung, G., & Pai, R. (Jun, 2018). Identities are no joke (or are they?): Humor and identity in Vivek Mahbubani’s stand-up. The 4th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-4). Vancouver, Canada. 
  • Lam,  C.,  &  Wong,  C.   (2017).   Challenges in digital literacy in  English curriculum.   In Proceedings of the teaching NLP for digital humanities workshop (Teach4DH), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Lam, C. (2015). Classifiers and unaccusative verbs in Cantonese. In Proceedings of the first Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum, the Ohio State University.
  • Lam, C. (2014). A unified analysis to surpass comparative and experiential aspect. In Proceedings of the 28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information, and Computation (pp.368–377).
  • Lam, C. (2014). A unified semantic analysis of classifiers and reduplication across nominal and verbal domains. In Proceedings of the 9th annual symposium of the Purdue Linguistics Association.
  • Lam, C. (2013). Reduplication across categories in Cantonese. In Proceedings of the 27th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information, and Computation (pp.277–286).

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