Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong. Andy's research interests include Cantonese linguistics, linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics. In 2012, Andy developed The Corpus of Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Cantonese which won the Gold Medal and Special Award in the 2019 Silicon Valley International Invention Festival. The CanPro mobile app won a silver medal in the Geneva’s Inventions Expo in 2021.
“From Humanities to Digital Humanities: Cantonese studies in the big data era”
Digital technology has created a significant impact on traditional humanities studies, and the term "Digital Humanities" was coined to reflect this new trend. This talk will discuss, by means of a Cantonese digital archive developed at EdUHK, how Cantonese studies can be undertaken with the digital humanities approach. The data of the one-million-character archive was obtained by transcribing the dialogues of 80 Cantonese movies produced in Hong Kong in the mid-20th century. The archive not only documents, preserves, and revitalizes Cantonese, but also allows us to explore the inter-relationship between language, society and culture.