Ancestry and Language

Image: The elder hakka women in Hong Kong. © Tony Mendez

A HKU-USyd Partnership Symposium

The University of Sydney


This 2-day symposium is an event of ‘The ebb and flow of heritage: Investigating urban multilingual diaspora’, a University of Hong Kong and University of Sydney partnership project (Umberto Ansaldo and Nick Enfield, Pis; Lisa Lim, Co-I), one of whose goals is to further strong and dynamic collaborations between the two institutions. This symposium brings into conversation scholars from Hong Kong and Sydney on the topic of heritage/ migrant/ community/ indigenous languages, drawing on the research and expertise on situations and experiences in both Greater China and Australia. We explore dimensions of, inter alia, migration, migrant languages, minority languages, indigenous languages, language acquisition, education, and language policy, with a central question of how our cultural ancestries are managed through our linguistic practices, and with particular interest in situations of multiple ancestry and multilingual ecologies.


Speakers (confirmed to date)

  • Katherine Chen, English Language Centre, University of Macau & School of English, University of Hong Kong
  • Ken Cruickshank, School of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney
  • Alexandra Grey, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
  • Anikó Hatoss, Linguistics, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW
  • Christopher Hutton, School of English, University of Hong Kong
  • Stephen Matthews, Linguistics, School of Humanities, University of Hong Kong
  • Alastair Pennycook, School of Education, UTS
  • Ingrid Piller, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
  • Antonia Rubino, Department of Italian Studies, School of Literature, Art, & Media, University of Sydney
  • Jakelin Troy, Department of Linguistics, School of Literature, Art, & Media, University of Sydney
  • Linda Tsung, Department of Chinese Studies, School of Languages & Cultures, University of Sydney
  • Virginia Yip, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Organised by

  • Umberto Ansaldo
  • Nick Enfield
  • Lisa Lim


Department of Linguistics, School of Literature, Art, & Media, & Sydney Centre for Language Research, University of Sydney.


Supported by

HKU-USyd Strategic Partnership Fund, University of Hong Kong

HKU-USyd Priority Partnership Collaboration Award, University of Sydney


16 May 2019 - 17 May 2019


All of the day


The University of Sydney


Sydney Centre for Language Research
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