Celebrating Dr. Yike Yang's Achievement: Awarded HK$835,558 FDS Grant by RGC
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Yike Yang, one of our distinguished Ph.D. graduates, for his remarkable accomplishment. Dr. Yang's dedication and expertise have led to the successful acquisition of an impressive HK$835,558 Future Distinguished Scholars (FDS) grant awarded by the Research Grants Council (RGC).
Dr. Yike Yang is a trailblazing researcher with a profound focus on multiple dimensions within the realm of linguistics. His scholarly pursuits span an array of captivating research areas, including language acquisition, psycholinguistics, speech production and perception, computer-assisted language learning, and corpus linguistics.
PhD Project: At the heart of his doctoral journey was a groundbreaking research endeavor titled "First Language Attrition and Second Language Attainment of Mandarin-speaking Immigrants in Hong Kong: Evidence from Prosodic Focus." Dr. Yang delved deep into the intricacies of linguistic evolution among Mandarin-speaking immigrants in Hong Kong, primarily through the lens of prosodic focus. His innovative exploration involved both a comprehensive production experiment and a perception study, which collectively shed light on crucial aspects of language acquisition and retention.
Key Findings: The results of Dr. Yang's PhD project yielded fascinating insights. His meticulous analysis uncovered evidence of Mandarin attrition in terms of production, while intriguingly, perception remained relatively unaffected. Additionally, it was revealed that the immigrant participants displayed a heightened sensitivity to acoustic cues compared to native Cantonese speakers. These groundbreaking observations have the potential to reshape prevailing paradigms in speech learning models.
Bilingual Prosody Transfer Model (BPTM): Dr. Yang's pioneering work went beyond the confines of conventional understanding, leading him to propose the Bilingual Prosody Transfer Model (BPTM). This revolutionary framework posits that prosodic features between a native language (L1) and a second language (L2) can be effectively transferred, even for individuals who acquire the second language later in life. This conceptual advancement holds significant implications for the study of prosody in bilingual speakers.
Dr. Yike Yang's journey is a testament to his dedication, intellectual curiosity, and unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of linguistic research. His accomplishments underscore his contributions not only to academia but also to the broader understanding of language acquisition and bilingualism. We celebrate Dr. Yang's remarkable achievements and eagerly anticipate the transformative impact his work will continue to have in the realm of linguistics.