|Shi Yuan, William WANG
B.A. Columbia, M.A., Ph.D. Michigan; Academician, Academia Sinica
Resume of Career
William S-Y. Wang received his early education in China, his B.A. from Columbia College (1955) and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1960). After research appointments at the I.B.M. Research Center (Yorktown Heights) and at the Research Laboratory of Electronics (M.I.T.), he taught at the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University before being appointed Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1966, a position from which he retired in 1996. At Berkeley he founded the Phonology Laboratory (1967), and the Journal of Chinese Linguistics (1973). He joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004. He was elected Academician by the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and President of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics at its formation in Singapore (1992). He has lectured widely in America, Asia, and Europe; he has taught at several summer schools sponsored by the Linguistic Institute of America, and at the Complexity Workshops by the Santa Fe Institute.
Current Research Interests
Co-evolution of language and the brain; speech perception; language engineering; brain-computer interface; languages and peoples of China
Highlights of Recent Achievements
- Prof. Wang's current research is focused on neural indices for how different language structures influence perception, especially in the Chinese context. He is also working on how brain waves associated with hearing speech and reading texts can be harnessed to communicate intentions.
- Locally, Prof. Wang has given several series of lectures at the City University of Hong Kong, and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is Adjunct Professor.
- At CUHK, currently Prof. Wang is teaching a seminar on Language, Evolution, and the Brain.
Honors and Awards
- Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Commission, and from Centers for Advanced Studies at Stanford, Kyoto, Singapore, and Bellagio (Italy).
- Golden Language Award, International Conference on Applied Linguistics.
- Honorary Professor, Peking University.
- Honorary Professor, Beijing Language and Culture University.
- Honorary Professor, Dalian University of Science and Technology.
- Honorary Professor, Nanjing Normal University.
- Editor, Journal of Chinese Linguistics.
- Advisory Committee, Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
- Advisory Committee, Tang Award, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
- Advisory Committee, Faculty of Humanities, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
- Selection Committee, Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.
- Review Panel, European Research Council.
Selected Publications for the Past 3 Years
Siok, W. T., P. Kay, W.S.Y. Wang, A. H. D. Chan, L.Chen, K.K.Luke & L.H. Tan. 2009. Language regions of brain are operative in color perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106.8140-45.
Peng, Gang, James W. Minett & William S-Y. Wang. 2010. Cultural Background Influences the Liminal Perception of Chinese Characters: An ERP Study. Journal of Neurolinguistics 23.416-26.
Peng, Gang, Hong-Ying Zheng, Tao Gong, Ruo-Xiao Yang, Jiang-Ping Kong & William S-Y. Wang. 2010. The influence of language experience on categorical perception of pitch contours. Journal of Phonetics 38.616-24.
王士元2011. 演化語言學的演化. 當代語言學13.1.1-21.
Peng, G. & William S-Y. Wang. Hemisphere lateralization is influenced by bilingual status and composition of words. Neuropsychologia 49. 1981-6.
Wang, W. S.-Y., & Tsai, Y. 2011. The alphabet and the sinogram: Setting the stage for a look across orthographies. In P. McCardle, J. R. Lee, B. Miller & O. Tzeng, 1-16. (Eds.), Dyslexia Across Languages: Orthography and the Brain-Gene-Behavior Link. Brookes Publishing.
Wang, William S-Y. 2011. Ambiguity in language. Korean Journal of Chinese Language and Literature 1.3-20.
Zhang, Caicai , Gang Peng & William S-Y. Wang. 2012. Unequal effects of speech and nonspeech contexts on the perceptual normalization of Cantonese level tones. Journal Acoustical Society of America 132.1088-99.
Wang, W.S-Y. 2013. LOVE AND WAR IN ANCIENT CHINA. City University of Hong Kong Press.
王士元. 2013. 語言演化的三個尺度. 科學中國人 1.16-20.