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Dr. Chow Mei Yung Vanliza 周美蓉博士
BPhil University of Birmingham, MA University of Birmingahm
PhD University of Birmingham
Assistant Professor
School of Education and Languages


Dr. Mei Yung Vanliza Chow is assistant professor in the School of Education and Languages.  She obtained her Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Birmingham, U.K. She first joined the OUHK as a part-time lecturer in 2011.  Her research interests include cognitive linguistics, metaphor studies and genre analysis.

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Metaphor Studies
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Genre Studies
  • Sociolinguistics

Academic & Professional Experience

Externally-funded Projects (in descending chronological order)

Principal Investigator

'Provision of Services for the Organisation of Professional Training and School-based Support Programmes, and the Production of Learning and Teaching Materials for the Implementation of Language across the Curriculum (LaC) in Junior Secondary Geography Curriculum' , EDB commissioned project: HK$780,000 (approx.), Dec 2018 - Feb 2021

‘A study of the language specificity of two nursing specialties’, FDS project, RGC funding, HK$363,500, Jan 2017 - Dec 2018


Conference Papers (in descending chronological order)

Chow, V. & Yeung, K. K. (2018). The representation of oncology and paediatric nurses in nursing research articles: who are they and what do they do?,  Proceedings of the 4th Asia-Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference (APCLC 2018), 80-87.

Chow, V. (2018). Exploring the language of nursing discourse on an intra-disciplinary level. 16th annual conference HICEDUCATION. USA

Chow, V., & Littlemore, J. (2017). ‘A corpus-based study of the use of figurative language in oncology nursing.’ 2017 The Applied Linguistics Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.

Chow, V. (2017). ‘Investigating the use of metaphor in oncology and pediatric Nursing.’  2017 International Conference on English for Specific Purposes, Taipei.

Chow, V., & Littlemore, J.  (2017). ‘Exploring the use of metaphor in oncology nursing.’ , The 3rd International Symposium on Figurative Thought and Language, Osijek.

Littlemore, J., Sobrino, P., Houghton, D., Leung, D., & Chow V. (2017). 'Connecting colours and emotions: a cross-cultural study.’ 6th RaAm Specialized Seminar, Denmark.

Chow, V. (2011) The Force of the Economy. The 5th Conference on Language, Discourse and Cognition, Taipei. Taiwan.

Chow, V. (2010) The Economy is a Travelling Entity. Stockholm Metaphor Festival, Stockholm, Sweden.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Chow, M. Y. & Littlemore, J. (2022). Metaphorical conceptualizations of cancer treatment in English and Chinese languages. International Journal of Language and Culture, 9(2).
  • 周美蓉 (2022): <英是這樣的: 世界英語,英語世界>,香港︰《星島日報》,2022年8月11日
  • Leung, C. H. D., Chow, M. Y., & Ge, E. (2022). A learner corpus is born this way: From raw data to processed dataset. Data in Brief, 44, 108527.
  • Leung, C. H. D., Chow, M. Y., & Ge, E. (2022), The Chinese and English Learner Language Corpus (CELL Corpus). Mendeley Data, V2. doi: 10.17632/gs4ppd7sz3.2
  • Chow, V. (2014). 'The movement of the economy – conceptualizing the economy via bodily movement metaphors'. Metaphor and the Social World, (4): 3-26

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • 2016-Present : Ad-hoc reviewer for Metaphor and the Social World
  • May - July 2017 : Reviewer and programme committee member for the Third International Conference on Linguistics and Language
  • Jan - Jun 2017 : Language consultant and programme advisor of the RTHK English education TV programme 'English Made Easy 2017'
  • 2011-2015 : Lecturer, School of Education and Languages, Open University of Hong Kong

Modified Date: 02 Sep, 2023
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