Researcher - Ding Seong Lin 陈湘琳

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, UM

B. A. (Hons), University of Malaya (UM)

M. A., University of Malaya (UM)

Ph. D., Fudan University, Shanghai


Tel No.: 03-79673114



Ding Seong Lin is a senior lecturer in sociolinguistics at Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya. She received her BA and MA from University of Malaya, and her Ph.D. from Fudan University, China. Much of her research concerns language use and language maintenance, including Family Language Policy, in multilingual communities. Her other main interest is language acquisition – especially in the area of technology-enhanced language learning. She was a Visiting Academic Researcher at Lancaster University (UK) from 2015-2016, and a Visiting Research Fellow at University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales, UK) in 2011. Prior to University of Malaya, she was a lecturer at New Era University College (1998-2002) and a tutor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1996-1997).  She is currently working on three projects: two projects on Hakka Community in Malaysia – with collaborators and funding from Taiwan; and another Korean-funded project on sociolinguistic study of South Korean.



Selected Book, Articles and Book Chapters:

Book (Chapters)

Ding, Seong Lin and Koh Qiu Ying. (2015). A study on Hakka community’s language use, language attitude and sub-ethnic identity in Malacca. In Chang Wei’an (Ed.) Hakka Culture, Identity and Religion: Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, 59-97. Taoyuan: National Central University.

Journal Articles

Ding, Seong Lin. (2016). The role of parents in heritage language maintenance in Malaysia, Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies 5(1): 15-27.

Chew, Esyin, Ding Seong Lin and Gill Rowell. (2015). Changing attitudes in learning and assessment: Cast-off plagiarism detection and cast-on self-service assessment for learning. Innovations in Education and Teaching International 52(5): 454-463. (SSCI journal)

Chew, Esyin and Ding Seong Lin. (2014). The zone of proximal and distal development of the Chinese language studies with the use of Wikis. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 30(2), 184-201. (SSCI journal)

Ding, Seong Lin. (2014). From association to fellowship: The work of the contemporary Malaysian Chinese poet fraternity. Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies 3 (2): 1-18.

Ding, Seong Lin. (2012). Reading beyond the text, Taiwan Hong Kong and Overseas Chinese Literature 3: 79-83.

Ding, Seong Lin and Ng Yean Leng. (2011). The China image in Malaysian Chinese literature. Foreign Literature Studies 33(6): 140-145. (AHCI journal)