Ming Chew Teo is an Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department at Virginia Tech. He received his BA and MA in Chinese Studies from the National University of Singapore, and his PhD in Chinese Linguistics from Stanford University. Born and raised in Singapore, he is interested in the study of linguistic contact between Chinese and other languages, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. More specifically, his work examines the way in which languages change and evolve as a result of interactions between speakers of diverse language backgrounds by incorporating data from various Chinese dialects, Malay, Tamil, and English. He is currently working on the interaction between social and linguistic factors in the contact languages spoken in Singapore and in second language acquisition.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Contact linguistics; Chinese linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Second language acquisition