I come from China and live in England. My friends call me "Zeng",not "Biao"("big but stupid"in some north Chinese dialects).I am a psycholinguist and journalist,which means language is my tool to make a living as well as a hobby to live better.My researches cover speech perception,langague development and word recognition. Tone is my most favourite subject at present. I am strongly interested in neuroscience technique,e.g. ERP.
I work in Newcastle University and spend most weekends in Bristol where my family live.
2008-2009 Postdoc Research Fellow,the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
Medieval history, English politics,squash, Judo, Tai chi, reading & writing
1) developmental dyslexia and basic perception abilities
2) prosody and tone perception
3) speech production
4) visual and auditory word recognition
5) cost-effectiveness analysis(CEA) on different speech and langauge therapy(SLT) programmes
1) archaeology and language, i.e. traditional Chinese phonology, Chinese dialects
2) teaching Chinese as a foreign language
3) information and communication technologies (ICT) application in language teaching and learning
4) new media and journlism writing(Chinese)
BCRP is a three-year project sponsored by Department of Education (DfE, previous DCSF). The general aim is to promote understanding of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Through this program, we will help policy makers to improve services for these SLCN children and teenagers, especially for who come from a background of social deprivation.
I am working in two streams. First, I do cost-effectiveness analysis on different intervention models, e.g. clinic-based, family-based
This is a project sponsored by Faculty Research Fund, Newcastle University. It applies migration paradigm in the study of lexical pitch, or tone perception. The project aims to provide empirical evidence to examine autosegmental theory (Goldsmith, 1979) and compare native English and Chinese speakers’ perceptual difference on tone.
I am developing some potential projects with Prof. James Law within BCRP.
Meanwhile,I plan a research plan on tone perception. It contains two possible routines:
1) using ERP (event-related potential) to exam time course of tone perception
2) developing a potential SLT prevention and intervention with pitch perception.
If you are working in the fields as neuroscience, SLT or speech perception, I would be very interested to discuss my ideas with you and seek any potential cooperation.
Research associate for BCRP
I am active in knowledge transfer partnership (KTP), especially through applying new media technologies to speech and language learning.
In 2007 I proposed TalkTone, an online Chinese learning system. It was awarded by University of Bristol and Knowledge West, a regional KTP body. Between 2007 and 2008, TalkTone was incubated at University of Bristol and shortlisted by Research Council UK (RCUK).
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