The University of Hong Kong

Linguistics Department, School of Humanities

Picus Sizhi Ding

Associate Professor


Ph.D. in Linguistics from Australian National University

Dissertation: Fundamentals of Prinmi (Pumi): A Tibeto-Burman Language of Northwestern Yunnan, China

M.A. in Linguistics from Simon Fraser University, Canada

Thesis: The BA Resultative Construction: A Comprehensive Study of Mandarin BA Sentences.

B.A. in Linguistics (cum laude) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Research Projects

A descriptive grammar of Prinmi (a Tibeto-Burman language of Yunnan);

Exploring phonological typology of languages of China;

A study on pronunciation of Tangut characters in classical dictionaries.


[1] 2007. Studies on Bǎ Resultative Construction: A comprehensive approach to Mandarin Bǎ sentences. Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics 62. München: Lincom

[2] 2011. The partially denasalized bilabial plosive in Southern Min: comparison to [mb] in Amdo Tibetan. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 584-587

[3] 2010. Phonological change in Hong Kong Cantonese through language contact with Chinese topolects and English over the past century. In: Robert McColl Millar, Marginal dialects: Scotland, Ireland and beyond. Aberdeen, UK, Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster, 198-218

[4] 2010. Rhoticization as a Secondary Articulation in Stops: Evidence from Prinmi. Chinese Journal of Phonetics 2: 74-81

[5] 粤语的「据由」助词初探,《澳门人文社会科学研究文选·语言翻译卷》程祥徽主编),北京,社会科学文献出版社2010,150-159

[6] 2008. Learning of Minority Languages in Yunnan, China. In De Graaf, Tjeerd, Nicholas Ostler and Reinier Salverda (eds.) Endangered Languages and Language Learning (Proceedings of FEL XII), pp. 93-100. Bath, England: Foundation for Endangered Languages

[7] 2007. Challenges in Language Modernization in China: The case of Prinmi. In David, Maya, Nicholas Ostler and Caesar Dealwis (eds.) Working Together for Endangered Languages: Research Challenges and Social Impacts (Proceedings of FEL XI), pp. 120-126. Bath, England: Foundation for Endangered Languages

[8] 2007. The Use of Perception Tests in Studying the Tonal System of Prinmi Dialects: A Speaker-centered Approach to Descriptive Linguistics. Language Documentation and Conservation 1.2: 154-181

[9] 2006. A Typological Study of Tonal Systems of Japanese and Prinmi: Towards a definition of pitch-accent languages. Journal of Universal Language 7.2: 1-35

[10]粵語的「據由」助詞初探,Journal of Macao Polytechnic Institute 9.4,2006,105-113

[11]2005. China. In Philipp Strazny (ed.) Encyclopedia of Linguistics. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn. 189-194

[12]2005. Tone Languages. In Philipp Strazny (ed.)  Encyclopedia of Linguistics. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn. 1117-1120


[14]2003. Prinmi: a sketch of Niuwozi. In Graham Thurgood and Randy LaPolla (eds.) The Sino-Tibetan Languages. London: Routledge Press. 588-601

[15]2001. Semantic Change vs. Categorical Change: A study of the development of Mandarin BA. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 29.1: 102-128

[16]2001. The pitch-accent system of Niuwozi Prinmi. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 24.2: 57-83

[17]2000. A Computational Study of the Ba Resultative Construction: Parsing Mandarin Ba Sentences in HPSG. In Ikeya, Akira & Masahito Kawamori (eds.) Proceedings of the 14th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, pp. 67-78. Chiba: Toyo Gakuen University

[18]2000. Topic-Comment Constructions in Prinmi. In The 33rd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, pp. 348-359. Bangkok: Ramkhamhaeng University