Tsung-Lun Alan Wan

Thesis title: Recognizing Hard of Hearing Speech in Taiwan: Re-approaching the pathologized sociolinguistic community

Background

I am currently pursuing my PhD degree in Linguistics and English Language, as the grantee of Taiwan Government's Study Abroad in Linguistics from 2018 to 2022. 

My project is concerned with Hard of Hearing Mandarin speech in Taiwan. To see further information, please go to my personal website.

CV

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Qualifications

2011-2015: BS Geography, National Taiwan University

  • Dissertation: Speaking for oneself: Identity negotiation, spatiality and Hard of Hearing people in Taiwan (Supervisor: Professor Tsung-Yi Michelle Huang)

2015-2016: MA Language Studies, National University of Singapore

2018-present: PhD student, University of Edinburgh

  • Ongoing Dissertation: Recognizing Hard of Hearing sociolinguistics: A sociophonetic approach to Hard of Hearing speech in Taiwan (Supervisor: Dr Lauren Hall-Lew & Dr Claire Cowie)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Student member, Taiwan Society for Disability Studies
  • Student member, European Association of Taiwan Studies
  • Student member, British Association for Applied Linguistics 

Undergraduate teaching

  • Tutor, Linguistics and English Language 1A

Research summary

  • Hard of Hearing Mandarin studies

I treat Hard of Hearing as a social category which contributes to the speaker's linguistic production. Hard of Hearing people usually are not signed language signers; they are more aligned with spoken language. Since the idea of Hard of Hearing  is not necessarily an imagined community, I am looking at how we can approach Hard of Hearing Mandarin as multiple Mandarin varieties. 

  • Metalinguistic discourse in World Englishes contact

I am also currently  working on approaching language ideology as a product of stance taking in an online group where Taiwanese in Singapore gather. I aim to tackle against the idea of foreigners' attitude towards Singlish as an innate, fixed set of ideologies.  

  • Language ideologies in Kinmen

I am analyzing data collected from Kinmen island, Taiwan. I am interested in relating sociolinguistic differentiation to demilitarization as a geopolitic process.  

Past research interests

Linguistic landscape studies in East Asia

Current project grants

Taiwan Government Scholarship for Further Study (LINGUISTICS)