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Biography

As a linguist, I am fascinated by the acquisition, processing and use of formulaic language by first (L1) and second language (L2) learners of English. Formulaic language is key to the achievement of nativelike proficiency in the L2. Yet, mastery of it challenges even advanced level L2 learners. To tackle the problems with L2 formulaic language acquisition, I have been conducting controlled experiments and corpus analyses. My thesis is that spoken input and natural speech prosody play fundamental roles in both L1 and L2 formulaic language acquisition. Written input dominates in many English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) syllabi, but spoken input may be more conducive to formulaic language acquisition. I believe that internet television and social media are great resources for maximising L2 learners’ exposure to spoken input. Therefore, I have been developing intelligent computer software programs which can facilitate formulaic language acquisition through the viewing of social media. The programs match L2 learners with YouTube videos that suit their L2 competence and auto-generate exercises based on the videos to facilitate formulaic language acquisition.

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Linguistics, PhD, The prosody of formulaic language

Award Date: 22 Jul 2010

External positions

Treasurer, The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

1 Jan 202331 Dec 2025

International Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

5 Aug 2022 → …

Executive Committee and Early-Career Fellow, The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

24 Apr 2019 → …

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  • ChatGPT: Friend or foe (to corpus linguists)?

    Lin, P., 31 Jul 2023, (Accepted/In press) In: Applied Corpus Linguistics. 5 p.

    Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Computer-assisted learning of English formulaic expressions from YouTube videos

    Lin, M. S., 12 May 2023, Vocabulary Learning in the Wild. Springer, p. 309-333

    Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Corpus Linguistics

    Lin, P. & Svenja, A., 30 Aug 2023, Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Li, W., Zhu, H. & Simpson, J. (eds.). 2 ed. London: Routledge, p. 296-308

    Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review

  • Incidental acquisition of formulaic expressions by L1 and EFL learners: Input mode and frequency effects

    Lin, P., 3 Apr 2023, (Not published / presented only).

    Research output: Unpublished conference presentation (presented paper, abstract, poster)Conference presentation (not published in journal/proceeding/book)Academic research

  • Why corpus linguistics matters to L2 teaching and learning

    Lin, M. S., 13 Jun 2023, (Accepted/In press) Linguistic Foundations for Second Language Teaching and Learning. Sands, K., Petray, M. J., Clements, G. D. & Santelmann, L. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

    Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review