Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, UM
B.A. (Chinese Linguistics), Peking University
M.A., Nanyang University, Singapore
Ph.D. (Sociolinguistics), City University of Hong Kong
Tel No.: 03-79561695
Wang Xiaomei is a senior lecturer at Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya. She obtained her first degree in Chinese linguistics at Peking University, China. She went on to receive a Master of Arts at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociolinguistics at City University of Hong Kong. She was awarded the Young Scholars first prize by the Chinese Sociolinguistics Association in both 2004 and 2005.
She has carried out research on many areas pertaining to sociolinguistics, such as the spread of language, language maintenance and language shift, ethno-linguistic vitality, teaching Chinese as a second language and multilingualism. Currently, she is involved in several research projects. These include two university research grants, a university research grant (program), a High Impact Research project (H.I.R), and a China National Social Science Grant. These projects are: (1) Ethno-linguistic vitality of Chinese and Indians as reflected in the linguistic landscape, (2)Ethno-linguistic vitality of two indigenous groups in Sarawak and Selangor (UMRG), (3) Sustaining of Hakka Identity in Malaysia: Case study of four Hakka Settlements, (4) The Chinese in Malaysia: Evolving Identity in a Globalizing Environment and in Nation Building, (5) The Global Chinese Grammar. Dr. Wang has published articles in leading journals such as ISI and book chapters by global publishers. In 2012, her book entitled ‘The Mandarin Spread in Malaysia’ was published by University of Malaya Press. Her recent publications are as follows: ‘The Mandarin spread in Malaysia’ (UM Press: 2012), ‘Language Planning: Qin Shihuangdi’s Contribution’, ‘The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics’ (Wiley Blackwell: 2012), ‘Ethno-linguistic vitality of minority communities in a multilingual society: A comparative study of the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia’, Journal of Chinese Sociolinguistics (2012), ‘A hierarchical model for language maintenance and language shift: focus on the Malaysian Chinese community’, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (2011, ISI), ‘The sociolinguistic realignment in the Chinese community in Kuala Lumpur’, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (2010, ISI).