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Dr CHOI, William T. M.

Dr CHOI, William T. M.


Assistant Professor

Academic Unit of Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences


BSc (Speech & Hearing Sci.), PhD (HKU)


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(852) 3917 1587


Room 767, Meng Wah Complex

  • Suprasegmental speech perception
  • Music perception

Research Expertise

  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Language Processing and Dyslexia
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications

I am available to supervise PhD/EdD/MPhil students and would welcome enquiries for supervision.

Research interests:

- Cantonese tone perception

- English stress perception

- Connectivity between music and language


Teaching areas:

SHSC 1035  Clinical Linguistics II: Phonetics

SHSC 3033  School-Age and Adolescent Language & Literacy Disorders

Faculty Early Career Research Output Award, awarded by The University of Hong Kong, 2022


Croucher Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research, awarded by Croucher Foundation, 2018


Fulbright Lee-Hysan Research Scholar Award, awarded by US Department of State and Lee Hysan Foundation, 2017

Choi, W., & Tsui, K. Y. R. (2022). Perceptual integrality of foreign segmental and tonal information: Dimensional Transfer Hypothesis. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Advance online publication. doi:10.1017/S0272263122000511


Choi, W., & Chiu, M. M. (2022). Why aren't all Cantonese tones equally confusing to English Listeners? Language and Speech. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/00238309221139789


Choi, W. (2022). What is 'music' in music-to-language transfer? Musical ability but not musicianship supports Cantonese listeners' English stress perception. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 65, 4047-4059. doi:10.1044/2022_JSLHR-22-00175


Choi, W. (2022). Theorizing positive transfer in cross-linguistic speech perception: The Acoustic-Attentional-Contextual hypothesis. Journal of Phonetics, 91, 101135. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2022.101135


Choi, W. (2022). Towards a native OPERA hypothesis: Musicianship and English stress perception. Language and Speech, 65(3), 697-712. doi:10.1177/00238309211049458


Choi, W. (2021). Musicianship influences language effect on musical pitch perception. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 712753. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.712753


Choi, W. (2021). Cantonese advantage on English stress perception: Constraints and neural underpinnings. Neuropsychologia, 158, 107888. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2021.107888


Choi, W. (2020). Review of research in deaf education: Contexts, challenges, and considerations. Deafness & Education International. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/14643154.2020.1816596


Choi, W. (2020). The selectivity of musical advantage: Musicians exhibit perceptual advantage for some but not all Cantonese tones. Music Perception, 37(5), 423-434. doi:10.1525/mp.2020.37.5.423


Choi, W., Tong, X, & Samuel, A. G. (2019). Better than native: Tone language experience enhances second language English lexical stress discrimination in Cantonese-English bilinguals. Cognition, 189, 188-192. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2019.04.004


Deng, Q., Choi, W., & Tong, X. (2019). Bidirectional cross-linguistic association of phonological skills and reading comprehension: Evidence from Hong Kong Chinese-English bilingual readers. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 52(4), 299-311. doi:10.1177/0022219419842914


Choi, W., Tong, X., & Deacon, S. H. (2019). From Cantonese lexical tone awareness to second language English vocabulary: Cross-language mediation by segmental phonological awareness. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(6), 1875-1889. doi:10.1044/2019_JSLHR-L-17-0323


Tong, X.†, Choi, W.†[co-first author], & Man, Y. Y. (2018). Tone language experience modulates the effect of long-term musical training on musical pitch perception. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(2),690-697. doi:10.1121/1.5049365


Choi, W., Tong, X., Law, K. K. S., & Cain, K. (2018). Within- and cross-language contributions of morphological awareness to word reading development in Chinese-English bilingual children. Reading and Writing, 31(8), 1787-1820. doi:10.1007/s11145-017-9770-0


Choi, W., Tong, X., & Singh, L. (2017). From lexical tone to lexical stress: A cross-language mediation model for Cantonese children learning English as a second language. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 492. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00492


Choi, W., Tong, X., Gu, F., Tong, X., & Wong, L. (2017). On the early neural perceptual integrality of tones and vowels. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 41, 11-23. doi:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2016.09.003


Choi, W., Tong, X., & Deacon, H. (2017). Double dissociations in reading comprehension difficulties among Chinese-English bilinguals and their association with tone awareness. Journal of Research in Reading, 40(2), 184-198. doi:10.1111/1467-9817.12077


Choi, W., Tong, X., & Cain, K. (2016). Lexical prosody beyond first-language boundary: Chinese lexical tone sensitivity predicts English reading comprehension. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 148, 70-86. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2016.04.002

Associate Editor: Frontiers in PsychologyFrontiers in Communication, 2021-present.


Associate Review Editor: Deafness & Education International, 2019-present.


External Reviewer: Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (語文教育及研究常務委員會), HKSAR Government, 2020.


External Reviewer: National Science Foundation, USA, 2022.


Ad-hoc reviewer: Cognition; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; Reading & Writing; Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; Language Learning; Language and Speech; Deafness & Education International; Learning and Individual Differences; Applied Psycholinguistics; Journal of Research in Reading; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Psycholinguistic Research; PLOSONE


News article:

蔡浚文 (2022年 10 月 18 日)。教育提案:學習音樂有助學習語言嗎?《明報》

Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health (衞生署認可言語治療師名冊會員), Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists, 2019-present.


Full Member, Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists, 2014-present.