Thomas Lee, Ph.D

Dr. Thomas Lee received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA and currently is a professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie in language acquisition and syntax/semantics, with particular reference to the first language acquisition of Cantonese and Mandarin. He led the construction of the Hong Kong Cantonese Child Language Corpus (CANCORP). Since 2002, he has been heading a Chinese Early Language Acquisition (CELA) project in Beijing, Changsha and Hong Kong, investigating how Chinese children acquire the core properties of the target languages from infancy to two years of age. His publications have focused on children's understanding and use of logical structures, and their implications for language and cognitive development. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Chinese Linguistics, Journal of East Asian Linguistics, Contemporary Linguistics, Foreign Language Teaching and Research, Journal of Modern Foreign Languages, and Taiwan Journal of Linguistics.