Dr. Shuwen Chen is a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. She obtained her MA and PhD degree in Linguistics from the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014 and 2020. She was a visiting PhD student at Haskins Laboratories, Yale Univerisity during 2016 and 2017. 

Her main research interests lie in speech production and perception, with a specialization in articulatory phonetics. She is interested in using ultrasound imaging to investigate the articulatory features of speech. She is also interested in language acquisition and bilingualism.

Awards and honors
  • 2021
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 01


    Best Student Paper of the 12th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP2021)

  • 02


    Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence

  • 03


    Outreaching Out Award, Hong Kong SAR Government

  • 04


    Dean's List

  • 05


    Linguistic Society of Hong Kong Outstanding MA Thesis Award

  • 06


    Excellent Academic Performance Scholarship


Chen, S., & Mok, P. (2021).  Articulatory and acoustic features of Mandarin /ɹ/: a preliminary study. Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing. Hong Kong. (EI indexed) (Best Student Paper) 

Chen, S. (2020). Production and perception of English rhotic sounds by Mandarin-English bilinguals. Chinese Journal of Phonetics 中国语音学报. 13. 108-115.

Chen, S., & Mok, P. (2019). Speech production of rhotics in highly proficient bilinguals: acoustic and articulatory measures. In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia.

Chen, S., & Mok, P. (2015). Question Intonation in Hong Kong English: Interaction between Cantonese and English. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (eds.) Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK.



Conference presentations & posters


Chen, S., Whalen, D.H., Mok, P. (2020).  Articulatory and acoustic features of Mandarin rhotics: an ultrasound study. 12th International Seminar on Speech Production. Providence, USA  


Chen, S. & Mok, P. (2019). Learning Rhotics in a Second Language: An ultrasound study on the developmental changes of English rhotics production by Mandarin learners. Toward Modelling the Development of Speech Planning in Production. Sydney, Australia.


Chen S., Chen S., He Y., Li B., Yang Y., & Wayland R. (2019). Effects of perceptual training in Mandarin tone sandhi production. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 145. 1825.


Mok, P., Chen, S., Zhang, W., & Wu, D. (2018). A phonetic investigation of the voicing contrast in Wenzhou — A preliminary study. The 1st International Symposium on Frontiers of Chinese Linguistics. The Education University of Hong Kong.


Chen, S.,  Tiede, M. & Whalen, D. H. (2017). Dynamic transitional differences between American English bunched and retroflex /ɹ/: Articulatory and acoustic measures. Proceedings of the 11th International Seminar on Speech Production. Tianjian, China.


Chen, S., & Mok, P. (2017). The production of English rhotics by Mandarin-English bilinguals: articulatory and acoustic data. International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and heritage. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Chen, S., Mok, P., Tiede, M., Chen, W., & D. H. Whalen (2017). Is Mandarin prevocalic ‘r’ an approximant or a fricative? Articulatory evidence from ultrasound imaging. 2017 Annual Research Forum of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong.


Chen, S., Mok, P., Tiede, M., Chen, W., & D. H. Whalen (2017). Investigating the production of Mandarin rhotics using ultrasound imaging. Ultrafest VIII. Potsdam.


Chen, W., Tiede, M., Chen, S.(2017). An optimization method for correction of ultrasound probe-related contours to head-centric coordinates. Ultrafest VIII. Potsdam.


Chen, S., & Lama, Z. (2016). Tenseness in Northern Yi: An ultrasonic and acoustic study5th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan. Honolulu, Hawaii.


Chen, S., Ren, X., Gananathan, R., Zhu, Y., Lee-Kim, S., & Mok, P. (2015).The production of English liquids by native Mandarin speakers. Ultrafest VII. The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong. (poster)


Chen, S., & Li. G. (2015). Interaction of First and Second Language in Speech Accommodation: A pilot study of speech accommodation by speakers with different language backgrounds. Poster session at 2015 LSA summer institute. University of Chicago, Chicago.


Chen, S., & Mok, P. (2015). Interaction of English and Cantonese intonation in Hong Kong English: Data from read and spontaneous speech. The 1st International Conference on Prosodic Studies (ICPS 1). Tianjin. Oral presentation.


Chen, S., & Mok, P. (2014). Mental Representation of Emotional Words in the Chinese-English Bilingual Lexicon. Outstanding Thesis Award presentation at the 2014 Annual Research Forum of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.