Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Ng Bee Chin

Associate Dean (Graduate Education), College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Programme Chair (Global Asia), Interdisciplinary Graduate School
Associate Professor
Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
School of Humanities
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65923238/67904329
Office: HSS-05-56F/ HSS-03-52

  • PhD La Trobe University 1991
  • BA(Hons) La Trobe University 1984
First Class Honours, PhD La Trobe University.
After her PhD, Ng Bee Chin worked as a Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland. Following that, she taught in Monash and La Trobe University before joining Nanyang Technological University in 2000. Currently, she is in the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies. She is the co-author of Bilingualism: An advanced Resource Book, published by Routledge 2007.
Research Interests
Ng Bee Chin works in the area of child language acquisition and semantics. Her primary area of research is in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics aspects of language acquisition in multilingual contexts. Topics which she has worked on include bilingual acquisition, language identity and attitudes, semantic and conceptual acquisition, interpretation and translation, language and gender, speech pathology in multilingual settings. Given the multilingual context she works in, she is interested in any aspect of language enquiry which explores the interaction between the speaker and the enviroment.
Current Projects
  • Digital Intangible Heritage Asia (DIHA)
  • Exploring the crossroads of linguistic diversity: language contact in S.E. Asia
  • MICE - A Multilingual Corpus of Emotion Expressions of Malay, Indonesian, Chinese and English
  • Silent but all Ears: The critical role of speech perception and input in 6-12 month bilingual infants.
  • The Impact of Language Repertoire on Elderly Singaporeans
Selected Publications
  • Cavallaro, Francesco, Mark Seilhamer, Ho Yen Yee and Ng Bee Chin. (2018). Attitudes to Mandarin Chinese Varieties in Singapore. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 28(2), 195–225.
  • Wong, G., & Ng, B. C. (2018). Moral judgement in early bilinguals: Language dominance influences responses to moral dilemmas.. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1070.
  • Cavallaro, Francesco, Mark Seilhamer, Felicia Chee and Ng Bee Chin. (2016). Overaccommodation in a Singapore Eldercare Facility. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37(8), 817-831.
  • Ng Bee Chin. (2016). Special Issue on Language and Emotion on Chinese Languages. Lingua Sinica, .
  • Ng Bee Chin. (Ed.). (2016). 'Special Issue on language and Emotion in Chinese Languages'. Lingua Sinica.

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