Academic Profile

K.K. Luke is NTU President’s Chair Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the School of Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to joining NTU in 2009, he was Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Head of the Department of Linguistics from 1997 to 2006.

K.K. has done work on a number of areas of linguistics, including Phonology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics and Natural Language Understanding. The main focus of his recent research is on talk and social interaction using an Ethnomethodological Conversation Analytic approach. This research explores the ways in which joint actions are achieved through talk (and ‘body language’), and is driven by the fundamental question of what makes communication possible. How are intersubjective understandings achieved in interaction and what role do linguistic and embodied resources play in that process?

Among K.K.’s publications are 'Utterance Particles in Cantonese Conversation', 'Telephone Calls: Unity and Diversity in the Structure of Telephone Conversations across Languages and Cultures', and three special issues on ‘Turn-continuation in conversation’, ‘Affiliation and Alignment in Responding Actions’, and 'Joint Production of Conversational Turns' for 'Discourse Processes', 'Journal of Pragmatics' and 'Chinese Language and Discourse' respectively.

K.K. is an Editor of 'Chinese Language and Discourse: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal' and an editorial board member of several professional journals and book series.
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Prof Luke Kang Kwong Kapathy
Chair, School of Social Sciences
Professor, School of Humanities
Chair, SSS, School of Social Sciences (SSS)

Interaction between tone and intonation; Prosody in Conversational Interaction; Conversation Analysis; English and Chinese grammar; Chinese Linguistics; History and structure of Cantonese; Language and Cognitive Neuroscience; Corpus Linguistics; Natural Language Processing
  • Talk And Interaction: An Ethnomethodological, Conversation Analytic And Membership Categorisation Analytic Approach
  • Luke, K.K. (2021). Parties and Voices: On Joint Production of Conversational Turns. In Chinese Language and Discourse 12.1.

  • Luke, K.K. (2019). Chinese Conversation Analysis. In The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis, edited by Chris Shei. London: Routledge. 1-20.

  • Luke, K.K. & Xiaoling He (2019). Hand gestures and emergent speakership: A study of turn-competition and gesticulation in Cantonese conversation. In Multimodality in Chinese Interaction, edited by Xiaoting Li & T. Ono. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 99-118.

  • Goh WP, Luke KK, Cheong SA (2018). Functional shortcuts in language co-occurrence networks. PLoS ONE 13(9): 1-18.

  • Luke, K.K. (2017). Loanwords from English in Hong Kong Cantonese. In Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, edited by Rint Sybesma et al. Leiden: Brill. 630-634.

  • Luke, K.K. (2016). Storytelling in multiple contexts. Chinese Language and Discourse 7.2: 297-340.

  • Luke. K.K. and H. Tanaka (2016). Constructing agreements with assessments in Cantonese: From a comparative perspective. Journal of Pragmatics 100: 25-39.

  • 陆镜光 (2015). 语言,文化,思维:兼谈新加坡的咖啡文化 (Language, culture, thought: An analysis of ‘coffee culture’ in Singapore) 《粤语研究》(Studies of Cantonese) 18: 88-96.

  • Luke, K.K. and Wong, L.Y. M. (2015). Hong Kong Cantonese Corpus: Design and uses. In: Tsou, Benjamin, Yee, Kwong Oi, (Eds.), Linguistic Corpus and Corpus Linguistics in the Chinese Context. Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series. 309-330.

  • Luke, K.K. (2012). Dislocation or afterthought? – A Conversation Analytic account of incremental sentences in Chinese Discourse Processes 49.3&4: 338-365.