Prof Ronald FONG

Prof Ronald FONG

Assistant Professor

Senate Staff-Student Consultative Committee Member for FAH 2018-2020
(853) 8822 8214

Consultation Hours
Mondays and Thursdays 4-5pm

Or by appointment via


He obtained his MPhil from Glasgow University, Scotland, specializing in the English Language, before he received training in generative and functional linguistics from other universities.

Research Interests

Ronald is interested in a wide range of topics in linguistics from syntax to sociolinguistics, which is reflected in his publications. He specializes in the interface between syntax and semantics, particularly in the constructionist models. His publications include editing a book on discourse and grammar to which Halliday and Fries contributed. He is also interested in popularizing linguistics and this has resulted in several articles of the subject in newspapers and journals.

Courses Regularly Taught

He typically teaches introduction to linguistics, English phonetics/phonology and English Grammar.


Ronald Fong joined the University of Macau in 1997 as Lecturer of English Studies.Ronald was Programme Coordinator of English Studies – General Programme before the Department of English was established. He was also a member of several search committees and was involved with the curriculum revision for linguistics. He is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics now.

Professional Experience

Ronald gives workshops on different aspects of the English language such as the sound system, and grammar and vocabulary to school teachers to help with their pedagogical concerns.



Awards & Honors

Ronald Fong’s article Chinese Motion-Directional Construction: A Conceptual and Cognitive Analysis published in Studies in Chinese Linguistics (2017) has just been awarded by Macau Foundation the Second Prize in the 5th Macau Outstanding Research Achievements Awards for Humanities and Social Sciences (2019). He also received  Long Service Awards from the University of Macau. In 2014 Ronald was awarded a scholarship by Erasmus Mundus to do research at Freie Universite Berlin, Germany.

Selected Publications
  • Fong, Ronald (2019) Caused-Motions in Chinese: a Constructional-cognitive Analysis. Ampersand, Elsevier
  • Fong, Ronald (forthcoming 2019) A Constructional-Cognitive Analysis of the Cantonese Motion-Directional Construction, Yue Dialects
  • Fong, Ronald (2019) Resultative Constructions in English and Chinese: a Functional-Cognitive Analysis, Linguistics and the Human Sciences Volume 13.3, p241-236, Equinox Publishing Ltd, UK
  • Fong, Ronald (2018) A Cognitive Analysis of Cantonese Motion-Directional Construction and its Implications for Translation, Translation Research and Teaching, Volume 1, Issue 2, p16-28
  • Fong, Ronald (2017) Chinese Motion-Directional Construction: a Conceptual and Cognitive Analysis, Studies in Chinese Linguistics, Volume 38, Issue 2, p119-147 (This article has just won an award)
  • Fong, Ronald (2016) Chinese as Satellite-framed – a Constructional-cognitive Interpretation, Cognitive Linguistic Studies, Volume 2, p234-259
  • Fong, Ronald. (2015). The Chinese ba as a Verb: a Constructional-Cognitive Approach. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics. Vol 5, p48-64.
  • Fong, Ronald. (2015). A Constructional-Cognitive Analysis of Chinese Directionals. Cognitive Semantics. Vol 1, Issue 1, p104-130.
  • Fong, I.W.R. (2002). Linguistic theory and language education. Conference on Diversified Education.
  • Fong, I.W.R., W. Guthrie & S.Z. Ren, eds. (2001). Grammar and Discourse: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Discourse Analysis. Macau: Publications Centre, University of Macau.
  • Fong. I.W.R. (1999). Articles on contemporary linguistics in Macaodaily
  • Fong, I.W.R. (1999). Language planning and language strategy. Issues of the pre- and post-turnover of Macau. Also appears in The Linguistics Journal of Macau.
  • Fong, I.W.R. (1998). New developments in contemporary linguistics: introduction to construction grammar in Macaodaily.