Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am currently available to supervise Higher Degree by Research Students in the following areas:
- Contact linguistics
- Corpus linguistics
- Historical linguistics
- World Englishes
- Aboriginal Englishes
- Corpus-based lexicography
- Second-language acquisition
- Educational sociolinguistics


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Siew Imm TAN is Lecturer and Academic Program Director (Transnational Education Program – Master of TESOL & FLT, Hanoi University, Vietnam) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong, and has taught in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the PRC in diverse disciplines, including TESOL, linguistics, applied linguistics, and communication and media. She speaks English, Malay, Mandarin, Hokkien and Teochew, a great asset in her work in transnational education. Siew Imm compiled the first Malaysian English corpus and views the corpus as an essential tool for theorising language. The author of Malaysian English: Language Contact and Change (Peter Lang, 2013), she has also researched in Singaporean English and Australian Aboriginal English. Her work demonstrates the value of corpus-based transitivity analysis in studying variation in cultural conceptualisations and worldviews. She is currently engaged in a corpus-based project that explores lexical, grammatical and conceptual variations across diverse varieties of English worldwide.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Languages in contact: A corpus-based study of Malaysian newspaper English, The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 2 Jul 2007

Master, The effects of instruction in comprehension monitoring on Malaysian ESL students, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Award Date: 1 Jun 2000

Bachelor, BA (Ed) (Hons), Universiti Sains Malaysia

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992


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