Dr Karen Huang

PhD (Hawaii), MA (Hawaii), BSc (NTU)

Research | Current

  • Chinese linguistics
  • Acoustic phonetics
  • Speech perception
  • Chinese dialects
  • Historical linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics

Teaching | Current

CHINESE 101 Beginning Modern Chinese 2

CHINESE 178 Study Abroad 1

CHINESE 739 Educational Linguistics in Chinese

CHINESE 200 Intermediate Modern Chinese 1

CHINESE 277 Study Abroad 2A

CHINESE 278 Study Abroad 2B

CHINESE 377 Study Abroad 3A

CHINESE 378 Study Abroad 3B

CHINESE 739 Educational Linguistics in Chinese

Postgraduate supervision


  • LIU Xia "TAU+VP and Clause-final TAU in Xiaolongmen, a Xiang Dialect" (co-supervise with Dr Wayne Lawrence)
  • JIN Ye "The Story of Shang 'Above'- A Usage-based Approach to the Diachronic Development of Chinese Spatial Word" (Main-supervisor: AP Michael Barlow)

In Progress

  • Youjin LEE "A corpus-based sociolinguistic study of modal auxiliary verbs in Beijing Mandarin" (Main supervisor: Dr Harumi Minagawa)
  • Lawa Iwan (LIANG Wen) "The Development of Māori Language and its Literature/Document:
    Based on the Analysis of Taiwanese Indigenous Languages’ Comparison" (Main supervisor: Prof Margaret Mutu; co-supervisor: AP Paula Morris)
  • HUO Yujia "Chinese dubbing and its Reception in Game Localisation" (Main supervisor: AP Minako O'Hagan)
  • ZHU Yi "Towards the Translation and Dissemination Process of Chinese Danmei Fictions Done by Fan Communities" (Main supervisor: AP Minako O'Hagan")


Major/Specialisation Leader in Chinese

Study Abroad Advisor in Chinese

360 Exchange Advisor in Chinese

Areas of expertise

Chinese linguistics; Acoustic Phonetics; Speech Perception; Chinese dialects; Historical Linguistics; Language contact; Tone

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Huang, K. (2020). Language ideologies of the transcription system Zhuyin fuhao: a symbol of Taiwanese identity. Writing Systems Research, online first10.1080/17586801.2020.1779903
  • Huang, K. (2018). Phonological Identity of the Neutral-tone Syllables in Taiwan Mandarin: An Acoustic Study. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 8 (2), 9-50. 10.4312/ala.8.2.9-50
  • Huang, K. (2017). A typological analysis of Chinese heritage language programs at Universities in North America and Oceania = 北美紐澳大學華裔中文傳承教育類型分析. Taiwan Journal of Chinese as a Second Language = 台灣華語文教學學會, 14, 3-28.
  • Huang, K. (2017). From pitch contour variation to tone change: An analysis of the phonological representations of the tones in Taiwan Mandarin. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 4 (2), 273-307. 10.1075/ijchl.16016.hua
  • Huang, K. (2016). Production of lexical tones by Southern Min-Mandarin bilinguals. Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody, 2016, 1047-1051. Boston, U.S.A.. 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016
  • Huang, K. (2013). Revisiting the four tones in Taiwan Mandarin. In W.-S. Lee (Ed.) Proceedings of ICPLC-2013, 58-61. Hong Kong, China.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22525
  • Huang, K. (2012). A study of neutral-tone syllables in Taiwan Mandarin University of Hawai'i at Manoa. ProQuest.
  • Huang, K. (2011). On the perception of the neutral tone in Taiwan Mandarin. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), 910-913. Hong Kong, China. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22520

Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 428
New Zealand