Hui Zhao (Annette) [赵慧]
I am currently a PhD student in (socio)linguistics at Queen Mary, funded by the London Social Science ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) on an Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentship. I have a BA in English from South-Central University for Nationalities [中南民族大学] in Wuhan, China and an MA in Linguistics from Queen Mary.
From July 2017, I will be based at Universtiy of Nottingham, working as a research associate on the Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) project. You can find my page here and more information about the MEITS project here.
My principal research interest lies in the sociolinguistics of Mandarin Chinese - how and why speakers vary in their language use and what language variation tells us about the (changing) society in China. My PhD research investigates how young adults in Beijing use local and 'standard' features to negotiate their social identities and gender roles in an increasingly socially-stratified Chinese society. I am particularly interested in phonetic/phonological variation but my doctoral project also looks at lexical and syntactic features.
I find the perception of language (variation) really interesting, both as an independent discipline (perceptual dialectology) and as a method to better understand the production of language variation. My MA thesis explores the perception of Neutral Tone variation in 'Standard Chinese' while my current project incorporates the perception and production of Beijing dialect features.