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Professor CHOI, William T. M.

Professor CHOI, William T. M.


Director of Speech and Music Perception Laboratory
Fellow of the Psychonomic Society

Assistant Professor

Academic Unit of Human Communication, Learning, and Development


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


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(852) 3917 1587


Room 757, Meng Wah Complex

  • Cantonese tone perception
  • English stress perception
  • Music perception
  • Psycholinguistics

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

- Music perception

- Connectivity between music and language


Teaching areas:

SLPC 1035  Clinical Linguistics II: Phonetics

SHSC 3033  School-Age and Adolescent Language & Literacy Disorders

SHSM 8400  Research Issues and Methodology in Speech and Hearing

Fellowship, awarded by the Psychonomic Society, 2024


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

(*PhD student, ^undergraduate student)


Choi, W., ^*Ling, C. L. K., & ^Wu, C. H. J. (2024). Musical advantage in lexical tone perception hinges on musical instrument: A comparison between pitched musicians, unpitched musicians, and non-musicians. Music Perception, 41(5), 360-377.


Choi, W., ^To, C. Y., & *Cheng, R. (2023). The choice of musical instrument matters: Effect of pitched but not unpitched musicianship on tone identification and word learning. Applied Psycholinguistics, 44(5),844-857.


Choi, W., & Lai, V. K. W. (2023). Does musicianship influence the perceptual integrality of tones and segmental information? The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 154(2), 852-862.


Choi, W., & Tsui, K. Y. R. (2023). Perceptual integrality of foreign segmental and tonal information: Dimensional Transfer Hypothesis. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 45(4), 1056-1073.


Choi, W., & Chiu, M. M. (2023). Why aren't all Cantonese tones equally confusing to English Listeners? Language and Speech, 66(4), 870-895.


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.


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


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


Choi, W. (2021). Musicianship influences language effect on musical pitch perception. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 712753.


Choi, W. (2021). Cantonese advantage on English stress perception: Constraints and neural underpinnings. Neuropsychologia, 158, 107888.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(2),690-697.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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


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Member of the Committee on Discontinuation, The University of Hong Kong


Member of the Board of Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong


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.


Fellow of the Psychonomic Society, 2024-present.