Tang, Wai-lan Gladys

 

Tang, Wai-lan Gladys

I completed my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Hong Kong in 1982 and my PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 1990. In the same year, I joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and have been teaching linguistics and applied linguistics until now. In 2003, I established the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies to consolidate research and training in the Sign Linguistics, Deaf Education and Sign Interpretation for HK, China and the Asia Pacific region. I have been Director of the Centre until now. In 2004, I founded the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages and became Chairperson until 2011. To date, the linguistic curriculum at CUHK features training in Sign Linguistics and Hong Kong Sign Language at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

My belief in the benefits of interdisciplinary research in supporting deaf developments has led me to co-found The Research and Technology Centre for Language and Communication Disorders at the CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute with Prof. Tan Lee, who specializes in speech and language signal processing, and Prof. Kathy Lee, who specializes in speech and language therapy. We hope to bring our expertise to Mainland China, with the prospect of developing collaborative research and training programs in Sign Linguistics, Deaf Education, as well as Speech and Language Therapy, with colleagues from universities in Mainland China.

Because of my work, I have been actively involved in liaising with the government units of Hong Kong and some Asian countries in the use of natural signed language in basic and tertiary education. I have also been actively working with some Asian universities and deaf associations in the establishment of Sign Linguistics as a disciplinary study in their countries.