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Dr Alex Leung

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

ADSS Alexleung Facultystaff 255I grew up in Hong Kong where I obtained my BA (Hons) in Contemporary English studies. During my undergraduate studies I went to Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania (US) for an exchange programme, and I also spent some time at the University of York (UK) through a study abroad programme. Upon the completion of my BA in 2007, I came to the UK to pursue my (Integrated) PhD studies at Newcastle University in English Language and Linguistics. I successfully defended my thesis on second language phonology acquisition under the influence of multiple varieties in 2012. I first joined Northumbria as a part time lecturer in TESOL at the beginning of 2012 and have been employed as a full time lecturer since the academic year of 2012-2013.


  • Linguistics DPhil Child L2 phonology acquisition under the influence of multiple varieties November 23 2012
  • English BA (Hons) September 01 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Anaphoric reference in Early Modern English, Leung, A., Van Der Wurff, W. 14 May 2018, The Noun Phrase in English: Past and present, John Benjamins
  • The Noun Phrase in English, Leung, A., van der Wurff, W. 2018
  • Chinese but not Chinese? A case study of identity in post-colonial Hong Kong, Leung, A., Lee, P. 2016, Language, Identity and Migration: Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities, Oxford, Peter Lang
  • Deteriorating standard? A brief look into the English standard in Hong Kong, Leung, A. 27 Aug 2015, In: Asian Englishes
  • What do adult L2 learners know about phonology after minimal exposure?, Pavlovskaya, N., Jarad, S., Leung, A., Young-Scholten, M. Sep 2014, BAAL 2014 Conference 47th Annual Meeting: Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context
  • Input multiplicity and the robustness of phonological categories in child L2 phonology acquisition, Leung, A. Mar 2014, In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech (New Sounds 2013)
  • Reaching out to the other side: Formal-linguistics-based SLA and Socio-SLA, Leung, A., Young-Scholten, M. 2013, In: Applied Linguistics Review
  • Bad influence? – an investigation into the purported negative influence of foreign domestic helpers on children's second language English acquisition, Leung, A. 22 Feb 2012, In: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
  • I know [pɪlɪpɪno] but i say [fɪlɪpɪno]: An investigation into Filipino foregin domestic helpers’ influence on Hong Kong Chinese’s L2 English phonology acquisition, Leung, A. Mar 2011, In: Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics

PGR Supervision

  • Qianwen Cheng Family of Chinese BA-construction - A Cognitive Approach Start: 29/09/2017
  • Fatuma Abdulkader Exploring Saudi EFL Teachers' and Learners' Perceptions regarding the Application of Communicative language Teaching (CLT) in the English Language Classroom Start: 09/06/2014


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