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Name: Alex Ho-Cheong  Leung
Institution: Northumbria University
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Homepage: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/about/humanities/linguistics/linguisticsstaff/alexleung1/
State and/or Country: United Kingdom   
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Specialty: Second language acquisition (L2 Phonology and sociolinguistics interface where multiple varieties exist)
Selected Publications: Leung, A. H.-C., and Young-Scholten, M. (2013). Reaching out to the other side: Formal-linguistics-based SLA and Socio-SLA. Applied Linguistics Review - Special issue on Critiquing Applied Linguistics, 4 (2), 259-290.
DOI: 10.1515/applirev-2013-0012

Leung, A. H.-C. (2012). Bad influence? – an investigation into the purported negative influence of foreign domestic helpers on children’s second language English acquisition. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 33(2), pp.133-148.

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Leung, A., H.-C. (2011). 'I know [pɪlɪpɪno] but I say[fɪlɪpɪno]: an investigation into Filipino foreign domestic helpers’ influence on Hong Kong Chinese’s L2 English phonology acquisition'. Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics - Special issue on the acquisition of second language speech. 47 (1). pp. 81-95.DOI: 10.2478/psicl-2011-0007

Van der Wurff, W., and Leung, A. H.-C. (in prep). The rise of an NP premodifier in early 20th-century English.
Courses Taught: Introduction to TESOL Classrooms
Issues in Second Language Phonology
Extended Studies Module - The L2 acquisition and teaching of beginners
Professional Practice of TESOL
Investigating Language for TESOL
Core Issues in SLA
Intro to Phonetics and Phonology
Intro to English Historical Linguistics
Intro to Quantitative Analysis - SPSS
Dissertation Abstract: Child L2 Phonology Acquisition under the Influence of multiple Varieties
Reviewer of: Introducing Phonetics and Phonology (Third edition) (LL Issue 22.2915)
Key Concepts in Second Language Acquisition (LL Issue 22.4826)
Academic Paper Abstract: I Know [pɪlɪpɪno] But I Say [fɪlɪpɪno]: An investigation into Filipino foreign domestic helpers' influence on Hong Kong Chinese's L2 English phonology acquisition
An Apparent Dissociation Between Input and Outcome in Child L2 Acquisition: L2 English-accent acquisition in Hong Kong
[fIlIpIno] or [pIlIpIno]? Children’s L2 English Acquisition under the Influence of Multiple Varieties
A Look at Children’s L2 Phonology Acquisition in the Context Where Several Varieties are Present
A Hard-to-evaluate Claim: Exploring the form and function of an NP premodifier
The Rise of an NP Premodifier in Early 20th-century English
Anaphoric Reference in Early Modern English: the case of said and same
Bad influence? – an investigation into the purported negative influence of foreign domestic helpers on children’s second language English acquisition

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