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Dr. Emily Ge is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Languages. She received her M.Phil and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on language acquisition and real-time processing in bilingual children, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and adult second language learners, through psycholinguistic (e.g., eye-tracking) and corpus linguistic methods. Her recent RGC-funded project investigates the language development of autistic Cantonese-speaking children with and without English exposure. Dr. Ge has obtained the qualification of administering and coding Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2) for clinical and research reliability. 

Research interests

  • Childhood Bilingualism
  • Language Development of Children with ASD
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Corpus Linguistics




Research Grants

External Grants
  • 2022 – 2023, Principal Investigator. Learner engagement in listening-and-speaking tasks in the face-to-face and the synchronous computer-mediated communication conditions. Faculty Development Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. HK$655,953 (Project No.: UGC/FDS16/H18/21)
  • 2020 – 2022, Principal Investigator. The impact of bilingual exposure on the language development of Cantonese-speaking children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Faculty Development Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. HK$659,438 (Project No.: UGC/FDS16/H13/19)
  • 2023 -2025, Co-Investigator. 自閉症譜系障礙兒童在語言加工中的心理表徵實驗研究 [Experimental studies on mental representations during the language processing among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder]. 國家社會科學基金 [National Social Science Fund of China]. CNY$200,000
  • 2020 – 2022, Co-Investigator. Perception and production of the Putonghua tone of non-Chinese speaking South Asian ethnic minority students in Hong Kong. Faculty Development Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. HK$575,100 (Project No.: UGC/FDS16/H15/19)
  • 2021 – 2023, Co-Investigator. A corpus-based study of the acquisition of quantifiers. Guangdong Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science. CNY$50,000 (Project No.: GD20CWY16).
Internal Grants
  • 2023 – 2025, Principal Investigator. The acquisition of restrictive focus in Cantonese-speaking children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research and Development Fund, Hong Kong Metropolitan University. HK$199,500 (Project No.: RD/2023/1.9)
  • 2022 – 2023, Principal Investigator. The role of parental input in the language development of Cantonese-English bilingual children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Hong Kong: A corpus study. Research and Development Fund, Hong Kong Metropolitan University. HK$195,400 (Project No.: RD/2021/02)
  • 2019 – 2020, Principal Investigator. The use of prosody in pragmatic comprehension by Cantonese-speaking children with high-functioning autism. Katie Shu Sui Pui Charitable Trust – Research and Publication Fund. HK$97,247 (Project No.: KS2018/2.2)
  • 2023 – 2024, Co-Investigator. Instant message-delivered positive psychotherapy (I-PPT) to promote well-being in caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A mixed methods evaluation of a pilot randomized controlled trial. Research and Development Fund, Hong Kong Metropolitan University. HK$199,538 (Project No.: RD/2023/1.20)
  • 2019, Co-Investigator. A pilot study on analyzing HKEAA English argumentative essays for learning and teaching in Hong Kong secondary schools. School Research Grant, The Open University of Hong KongHK$60,000 (Project No.: R4086 & R4087) 


  • Ad hoc reviewer for Applied Psycholinguistics, Frontiers in Psychology, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Chinese Linguistics, Laboratory Phonology, Lingua, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, Studies in Prosodic Grammar


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