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 affect and doing 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'.
I am the grantee of Taiwan government PhD scholarship for studying linguistics abroad. 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. In my doctoral project, I explore how DHH speakers make use of spoken language resources to perform hearingness/deafness and situate themselves in the audist world.
I have also looked at how the effect of hearing assistive devices on accent shift is not purely a mechanistic product of the machine but rather should be understood through human-machine relationship. In a broad sense, I'm interested in transdisciplinary research, especially influenced by my background in geography where human/non-human relationship is the core topic.
I am currently also working with Lionbridge Artificial Intelligence to improve inclusive language use in typesetting softwares. Before pursuing a PhD, I was the director as well as lecturer for Linguistics Division at Topedia International Educationbetween 2017 and 2019. I obtained my MA from National University of Singapore and BS from National Taiwan University, where I worked with Professor Tsung-Yi Michelle Huang.