Hi! I am a linguistics PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. As a variationist sociolinguist in training, I'm interested in how linguistic variation serves as a social semiotic system in producing affects and constructing identities.
I am a native speaker of (Taiwan) Mandarin, and I speak conversational (Taiwanese) Hokkien and a little bit Hakka (my maternal "ethnic language"). My name is romanised with Wade-Giles system. The Chinese character of "Tsung" is 宗, my generation name (zibei), and that of "Lun" is 綸, meaning 'sophisticated'.
My current research focuses on the agentive language use of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) speakers in Taiwan, under supervision of Dr Lauren Hall-Lew and Dr Claire Cowie. Different from speech-language pathology, in my doctoral project, I explore how DHH speakers make use of spoken language resources to embody (dis)able-bodiedness and situate themselves in the audist world.
My broader academic interests also include experimental linguistics, pragmatics, linguistic anthropology, World Englishes, linguistic landscape, and Global Mandarin.
Before pursuing a PhD, I was the director as well as lecturer for Linguistics Division at Topedia International Educationbetween 2017 and 2019.