Zoe Lam teaches Basic Cantonese for Mandarin speakers at UBC Asian Studies. She received her B.A. in Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and had taught a variety of language-related subjects at post-secondary institutions. To fulfil her interest in speech perception and heritage language maintenance, she completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at UBC, where she investigated how heritage speakers of Cantonese in Canada perceive tones. As an advocate of knowledge mobilization, Zoe works closely with community members, and was the instructor of a Cantonese Saturday School held at the historic Mon Keang School in Vancouver Chinatown. She was invited to speak about her Cantonese-related academic and community work at local and international media outlets, including CBC Radio, Vancouver Sun, Metro News, Fairchild Radio, South China Morning Post, and Singtao Daily.

Journal papers and book articles

  • 2017. With Joash Gambarage, Andrei Anghelescu, Strang Burton, Joel Dunham, Erin Guntly, Hermann Keupdjio, Adriana Osa-Gomez, Douglas Pulleyblank, Dayanqi Si, Yoshiko Yoshino, and Rose-Marie Déchaine. The Nata Documentation Project: An Overview. In Jason Kandybowicz and Harold Torrence (eds.) Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches. Oxford University Press. [publisher’s website]
  • 2017. With Andrei Anghelescu, Joash Gambarage, and Douglas Pulleyblank. Nominal and verbal tone in Nata: An allomorphy-based account. In Jason Kandybowicz and Harold Torrence (eds.) Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches. Oxford University Press. [publisher’s website]
  • 2016. With Johannes Heim, Hermann Keupdjio, Adriana Osa-Gómez, Sonja Thoma and Martina Wiltschko. Intonation and particles as speech act modifiers: A syntactic analysis. Studies in Chinese Linguistics, Volume 37, Number 2, 109-129. [paper]
  • 2014. A complex ForceP for speaker- and addressee-oriented discourse particles in Cantonese. Studies in Chinese Linguistics, Volume 35, Number 2, 61-80. [paper]
  • 2009. With Cathy S. P. Wong and Robert S. Bauer. The integration of English loanwords in Hong Kong Cantonese. Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, 1:251-265. [paper]

Public talks and guest lectures

  • Invited speaker, 2016 International Mother Language Day, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Invited speaker, 2016 Fortune Cookie Redux at Marpole Community Centre
  • Invited speaker, 2016 St John’s College Junior Fellows Speakers Series
  • Invited speaker, 2015 UBC Global Scholars Networking Luncheon
  • Invited speaker, 2015 UBC President’s summer event for university donors
  • Invited speaker, 2015 UBC/SFU 3MT Showcase, Tapestry
  • Invited speaker, 2015 Linguistic Diversity and the City, panel discussion at Centre A
  • Invited guest speaker, HIST 482 The Heritage of Chinese Migration (taught by Dr. Henry Yu)
  • Invited guest speaker, HIST 483 Asian Migrations to the Americas (taught by Dr. Henry Yu)
  • Invited guest speaker, ANTH 217 Culture and Communication (taught by Dr. Suzanne Gessner)
  • Invited guest speaker, LING 100 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (taught by Dr. Hotze Rullmann)
  • Closing keynote speaker, 2015 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference, UBC
  • Featured panelist, Looking Back at the Umbrella Revolution, UBC [event poster]

Conference presentations

  • 2017. Tone identification strategies used by heritage Cantonese speakers in Canada. Paper presented at the 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-29), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • 2017. Bridging the gap between linguistic and cultural spaces in the language classroom. Paper presented at the International Conference on Cultural Studies and Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. [abstract on p.15]
  • 2016. With Heather Bliss, Lauretta Cheng, Murray Schellenberg, Raymond Pai, and Bryan Gick. Ultrasound technology and its role in Cantonese pronunciation teaching and learning. Paper presented at the 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. [slides][proceedings]
  • 2016. The morphology of Nata reduplication. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, CA. [poster]
  • 2016. With Kathleen Currie Hall and Douglas Pulleyblank. Temporal location of perceptual cues for Cantonese tone identification. Paper presented at the 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. [abstract][slides]
  • 2015. With Henry Yu. The Past, Present and Future of Cantonese Language and Culture. Keynote talk, Cantonese Worlds Workshop, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. [webcast]
  • 2015. With Murray Schellenberg. Intersections Between Language and Music. Cantonese Worlds Workshop, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. [webcast]
  • 2015. With Martina Wiltschko, Sonja Thoma, Adriana Osa-Gómez del Campo, Hermann Keupdjio and Johannes Heim. Towards a typology for the grammar of discourse: A case study of confirmationals. Paper presented at the 11th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NW. [abstract on p.147]
  • 2014. A unified account for biased and non-biased questions in Cantonese. Paper presented at the joint conference of the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics and the 26th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. [slides]
  • 2014. With Andrei Anghelescu, Joash Gambarage, and Douglas Pulleyblank. A unified account of nominal and verbal tone in Nata. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS.
  • 2014. With Johannes Heim, Hermann Keupdjio, Adriana Osa-Gómez, and Martina Wiltschko. How to do things with particles. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, Brock University, ON. [paper]
  • 2013. A complex ForceP for speaker- and addressee-oriented discourse particles in Cantonese. Poster presented at the 25th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 2013. Approaches to Nata morphophonology. Paper presented at The 29th Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • 2013. With Sonja Thoma and Martina Wiltschko. The syntax of grounding. Poster presented at Conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
  • 2013. With Sonja Thoma and Martina Wiltschko. Thinking about you. Paper presented at Workshop on Interfaces at the Left Periphery, Linguistic Society of America, University of Michigan, MI. [handout]
  • 2013. With Allie Entwistle. A grammatical sketch for Nata: Verbal tone. Poster presented at The 29th Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • 2007. With Cathy S. P. Wong and Robert Bauer. The integration of English loanwords in Hong Kong Cantonese. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS), University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
  • 2007. With Robert Bauer and Cathy S. P. Wong. Recent innovations in Cantonese loanword phonology. Paper presented at the 40th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Heilongjiang, China.
  • 2006. Resyllabification of the syllabic nasal in Cantonese connected speech. Paper presented at the 4th Conference of Chinese Linguistics, European Association of Chinese Linguistics, Budapest, Hungary.

MPhil thesis

Lam, Wai Man. 2007. Syllable contraction in Cantonese A-not-A constructions: an optimality account. Unpublished MPhil Thesis, Chinese University of Hong Kong. [thesis]