Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Lim Ni Eng

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Email: nelim@ntu.edu.sg
Asst Prof Lim Ni Eng

Biography
Ni-Eng received his doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his undergraduate and masters degree in Chinese Studies from National University of Singapore (NUS). Since 2003, he has been actively involved in the research and teaching of Language and Linguistics (especially Mandarin Chinese), predominantly in Singapore and the United States. Growing up speaking three languages at home, and educated in Singapore’s bilingual school system, Ni-Eng is has taught students from a wide range of level, age and proficiency levels.

The scope of his disciplinary training includes interactional linguistics, Conversation Analysis (CA) & Ethnomethodology, multimodal discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics (with Mandarin as a focus). The courses he has taught include topics concerning natural talk-in-interaction, multimodality, bilingualism and other general sociolinguistics interests.

Coming from a strong academic Chinese linguistic background, Ni-Eng has also published and presented academic papers at various international conferences, specializing in the fields of Conversation Analysis (CA) & Ethnomethodology, Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics and language teaching in general, with Mandarin Chinese as the focal language. The courses he has taught include topics concerning natural talk-in-interaction, multimodality, bilingualism and other general sociolinguistics interests. Ni-Eng is the current review editor for Chinese Language and Discourse under John Benjamins. He has also reviewed and published articles in journals such as Chinese Language & Discourse, Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association, Language and Dialogue, Discourse Processes, Journal of Pragmatics and International Journal of Bilingualism.

His ongoing interest is on the interactional, socio-cultural and cognitive operations at work in stance-taking in everyday talk. Currently, Ni Eng is involved in investigating doctor-patient interaction in medical settings as the Principal Investigator of a Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2 grant titled "Doctoring the Elderly: Doctor-Patient Interaction in a Urology Clinic". Other research grants that Ni-Eng is or has been involved in include: ARISE Strategic Initiatives Fund for "Quality Healthcare Delivery for the Elderly: Consent-taking in a Cataract Surgery Clinic in Singapore", ARISE-GERI Joint Research Fund for "Examining doctor-patient communication triadic versus dyadic medical interactions in geriatric clinics in Singapore"; NTU Start-up Grant (SUG) for "Communicative Difficulties in Healthcare settings: Talk and Interaction with Chinese-speaking Elderly Patients"; and the University of California Consortium for Language Learning & Teaching (UCCLLT) grant for "Developing a Library of Video Clips for Mandarin Chinese Class Use".
Research Interests
My on-going research focuses on the interactional, socio-cultural and cognitive operations at work in normal everyday Mandarin Chinese talk-in-interaction, using quantitative statistical methodologies on large Mandarin corpora and qualitative conversation analysis of real-time video and audio recordings. Through investigating commonplace social action/expression and their discourse-pragmatic functions, cognitive phenomenon such as theory of mind and intersubjectivity can be empirically and discursively explicated. As insights into the language-specific resources available for interactional accomplishments is gained, pedagogical methodologies for teaching spoken Mandarin Chinese can be further refined.

Currently, Ni Eng is involved in investigating doctor-patient interaction in medical settings as the Principal Investigator of a Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2 grant titled "Doctoring the Elderly: Doctor-Patient Interaction in a Urology Clinic".
Current Projects
  • Doctoring the Elderly: Doctor-Patient Interaction in a Urology Clinic
  • Quality Healthcare Delivery for the Elderly: Consent-taking in a Cataract Surgery in Singapore
Selected Publications
  • Lim Ni Eng. (2019). Turn-initial linguistic forms in turn-final Chinese turn-continuations. 16th International Pragmatic Conference (IPrA).
  • Lim Ni Eng, Yvonne Tse Crepaldi & Luke Kang-Kwong. (2019). Doctor-Patient relationship-in-flux: Emerging and Emergent relational identities in the medical consulation. 16th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA).
  • Lim Ni Eng, Ng Gim Thia & Luke Kang-Kwong. (2019). Resisting Responsibility for Decision-making during medical consultation: A conversation analytic study in Singapore. 16th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA).
  • Lim Ni Eng.(2019). Preliminaries to delicate matters: An initial account of 'I say to you' sequences and some of its functions in Mandarin Chinese conversations. In Xiao Yun & Linda Tsung(Ed), Current Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse: Global context and diverse perspectives(105-136). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Lim Ni Eng & Luke Kang-Kwong. (2019, April). Examining authentic medical consultation: Talk and its role in doing medicine. Paper presented at HASS Research Sharing Day, Auditorium, School of Arts, Design and Media, NTU.

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