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Ariel Chan

IDEAL Provostial Fellow/Lecturer
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University


I am an IDEAL Provostial Fellow for Studies in Race and Ethnicity in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University, working with Robert Podesva and Judith Degen. I will be joining the University of California, Santa Cruz, as an Assistant Professor of Languages and Applied Linguistics starting in July 2025.

In June 2023, I completed my Ph.D. in East Asian Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, co-advised by Shoichi Iwasaki and Judith Kroll
My dissertation research examined code-switching in three groups of Cantonese-English Bilinguals with diverse language experience and cultural identities (available for review here). My research was supported by a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award (BCS-2042479) from the National Science Foundation.

My scholarship uniquely intersects the disciplines of bilingualism, heritage and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and interactional linguistics. Specifically, I'm interested in looking into how bilinguals' cultural identity and language experience impact their language processing and cognitive control from an integrated psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic approach. For my full CV, please contact me.

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News and updates

  • 2024, May 11: I'm giving a public seminar in collaboration with SaveCantonese. The seminar will be held virtually on Zoom and titled "Bridging Tongues, Building Identities: Why Being Cantonese-English Bilingual Matters". Please join us for a discussion on Cantonese-English bilinguals and see details here!

  • 2024 Spring: I am recruiting Stanford undergraduate students who are interested working on research projects with me! Please read this flyer for details. Application can be filled out here.

  • For Stanford graduate and undergraduate students: You can schedule a meeting with me at here.

  • If you're interested in following updates and research study opportunities about our projects on Cantonese-English bilinguals, you can click here to join our mailing list!
    [Last updated 2/4/2024]

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