Keith Tse

Keith Tse   •   謝嘉麒
Research Scholar
Languages and Linguistics, East Asian (Chinese) Studies, Classical and Romance Philology
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I specialise in Indo-European and East Asian linguistics with specific reference to Romance and Sinitic languages, the former being my field of study in Higher Education (M.A. in Classics and Romance Languages at Balliol College, University of Oxford) and the latter my native language (Mandarin/Cantonese).

After completing my undergraduate studies, I did a Master's degree in Languages and Linguistics at the University of Manchester and a Research degree in Linguistics at the University of York.

My academic research focuses on three interrelated topics: Chinese Copulas and Clefts, Differential Object Marking in Romance and Chinese, and formal (Chomskyan/Minimalist) historical-comparative syntax and language evolution from Indo-European and East Asian perspectives. I also have secondary interests in sociolinguistics, especially dialectology and variationist linguistics, which feed into my research in language variation and change. For the purpose of conducting my research, I am also skilled in using statistical packages such as R, Python and LancBox.

In addition to my academic research, I am a professional interpreter and have provided translation services such as telephone and face-to-face simultaneous interpreting in the UK and US. I am also a freelance journalist and have written op-ed’s for Asia Times Online.

Currently, I am the Community Journalist and Communications co-lead at the Ronin Institute where I am jointly in charge of internal and external communications. On 6th November 2020, I presented a Ronin Institute Public Seminar entitled 'Biolinguistics and Language Evolution: Formal "Simplicity" and "Structural Simplification" ', and on 26th February 2021, I hosted a Ronin Institute Public Seminar 'The Value of Social Cohesion in Our Communities' given by my fellow Ronin Research Scholar, Angelo Luidens. In addition, I presented two short Lightning Talks on Spanish Linguistics (22nd June 2021) and Save Cantonese (28th February 2022) at our monthly Ronin Lightning Talk events.

I have contributed two posts to the Ronin blog: Reflections on 2020: COVID, research, career and prospects and Save Cantonese: language advocacy for a project to preserve Cantonese in the West. I have also edited blogposts written by other Research Scholars: Common Wealth Dividends: a new book about the wealth each of us is owed (Brent Ranalli), Sustaining The Weird Ecology (John LaRocco), A Year in Review for the Ronin Institute: 2021 (Arika Virapongse), The story of making "Geo-societal Narratives - Contextualising geosciences" (Martin Bohle), Multilingualism, global competency and language learning for a better world: The role of independent scholars (Kathleen Stein-Smith), Preserving cultural heritage in times of crisis: the role of social media (Kristin Parker), and Sustainability at the Ronin Institute (Oumaima Ben Amor).

I am also a member of Fellow Travelers such as the Institute of Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) and am currently affiliated with Lancaster University.

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Here is a list of my publications in which I used my affiliation with the Ronin Institute (for a full list of my publications and presentations, please visit my academic webpage): 

Tse, K. (2019): 'Chinese cleft constructions: microparametric "lateral" grammaticalization'. Buckeye East Asian Linguistics, Ohio State University, volume 4, pp. 69-78

Tse, K. (2020): 'Nominal and Verbal Parameters in Differential Object Marking: Romance ad and Chinese ba'. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 5(1):670-684

Tse, K. (2020): 'Book Review of Elly van Gelderen, ed. Cyclical Change Continued (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 227). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016. Pp. 429'. Journal of Historical Linguistics 10(1):136-142

Ursini, F. and Tse, K. (2021): 'Region Prepositions: The View from French'. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue Canadienne De Linguistique 66(1):31-59

Simultaneous Face-to-face Interpreter, Translator, Linguist, Languages, Linguistics, Coding, Statistics, Data Science, R, Python, Romance languages, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese
Foreign Language Education, Language, Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Sociolinguistics, Statistical Analysis & Methodologies, Statistics