Wilson Lui


My research in linguistics generally revolves around the study of syntax and semantics. My thesis considers the grammaticalisation of coverbs in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. I also look at notions of information structure, following the Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) framework, and the use of connectives (‘and’, ‘or’, ‘and/or’).

My other line of (interdisciplinary) research examines the intersections between language and law, for example, the use of language in legal texts and court judgments, courtroom discourse, and legal multilingualism.

My research in law focuses on private international law (conflict of laws) and dispute resolution.

Professional Memberships and Education

I am a Chartered Linguist (CL) and Member (MCIL) of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and an Associate (ACIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. I hold a Master of Law (LLM) from the University of Cambridge. I completed two Bachelor’s degrees in Arts (BA) and Laws (LLB) from the University of Hong Kong, both with first class honours.


A full list of publications is available upon request.

Selected publications in linguistics:

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Wilson Lui (2020). Locative Inversion in Cantonese. In Miriam Butt and Ida Toivonen (eds), Proceedings of the LFG’20 Conference, On-line, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 250–267.

Refereed Journal Articles

Wilson Lui. 粵語的主語及話題——以粵語的方位詞倒置現象為例,《大學海》,2019年第7期,頁1–12. [Subject and Topic in Cantonese: Examples in Locative Inversion (2019) 7 Eruditus 1–12.]

Refereed Conference Presentations

Wilson Lui. Interpretation in the Dock: Comparative Legal Perspectives on Audio Recording. The 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Birmingham (turned online), 13–15 September 2021.

Wilson Lui. 初探香港中文刑事判案書的粵語運用——以危險駕駛與不小心駕駛案件為例 [A Preliminary Investigation of Cantonese Usage in Hong Kong Chinese Criminal Judgments: Examples from Dangerous Driving and Careless Driving Cases]. 3rd Forum on Cantonese Linguistics (FoCaL-3), Hong Kong, 27 June 2020.

Wilson Lui. Language Rights in Bilingual and Multilingual Legal Environments. Wolfson Research Event 2020, Cambridge (turned online), 26 June 2020.

Wilson Lui. Locative Inversion in Cantonese. 25th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference, Oslo (turned online), 23–25 June 2020.

Wilson Lui. Revisiting Locative Inversion in Cantonese. 22nd International Conference of Yue Dialects, Hong Kong, 8–9 December 2017.

Selected publications outside linguistics:

Edited Books

Anselmo Reyes and Wilson Lui (eds) (2021). Direct Jurisdiction: Asian Perspectives. Oxford: Hart Publishing. 440pp.

Book Chapters

Anselmo Reyes and Wilson Lui (2022). The Use of Conciliation and Litigation by the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission. In Anselmo Reyes and Weixia Gu (eds), Multi-Tier Approaches to the Resolution of International Disputes: A Global and Comparative Study, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 232–68.

Wilson Lui (2021). Singapore. In Anselmo Reyes and Wilson Lui (eds), Direct Jurisdiction: Asian Perspectives. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 127–152.

Journal Articles

Wilson Lui. Defending the Indemnity Costs Approach to Unsuccessful Arbitral Award Challenges. [2021] Asian Dispute Review 129–35.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Wilson Lui. Harmonisation of Jurisdiction in Cross-Border Intellectual Property Cases. The First Postgraduate Law Conference of the Centre for Private International Law, Aberdeen (turned online), 17 November 2021.

Wilson Lui. The Hong Kong Experience in Student Legal Academic Publishing. 26th World Congress of Political Science, Lisbon (turned online), 10–15 July 2021.

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