Publications
Papers in English
2015 The making of vernacular Singapore English: System, transfer and filter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  The systemic nature of substratum transfer. In The Oxford handbook of World Englishes, ed. by Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola and Devyani Sharma. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2014 Got in Singapore English. In The variability of current World Englishes (Topics in English Linguistics 87.1), pp. 147-168, eds. by Eugene Green and Charles Meyer. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  Review of Singapore English: Structure, variation, and usage (Studies in English Language), by Jakob R. E. Leimgruber (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Language 90(2).543-545.
2013 Review of The typology of Asian English, edited by Lisa Lim and Nikolas Gisborne (Amsterdam: John Benjamins). English World-Wide 34(2).241-244.
2012 Substratum transfer targets grammatical system. Journal of Linguistics 48(2).479-482.
 

Review of Linguistic universals and language variation. Ed. by Peter Siemund. (Trends in linguistics: Studies and monographs 231.) Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2011. Language 88(2).445-448.

2011 Convergence-to-substratum and the passives in Singapore English. In Creoles, their substrates, and language typology (Typological Studies in Language 95). Pp.253-270. Edited by Claire Lefebvre. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  Chinese tone sandhi. In The Blackwell companion to phonology, vol 5, pp. 2561-2585. Edited by Marc van Oostendorp, Colin Ewen, Elizabeth Hume, and Keren Rice. Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
2010 A usage-based approach to substratum transfer: the case of four unproductive features in Singapore English. Language 86(4).792-820.
  Must in Singapore English. Lingua 120(7).1727-1737. PDF
  Baba Malay topics. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 25(1).155-171. (with Khin Khin Aye) PDF
2009 Persistent substratum contrasts. In Reality exploration and discovery: Pattern interaction in language and life. Pp.25-34. Edited by Linda Uyechi and Lian-Hee Wee. Stanford, CSLI. Forthcoming. PDF
  One in Singapore English. Studies in Language 33(2).338-365. PDF
2008 Review of Dialects, Englishes, creoles, and education, edited by Shondel J. Nero (London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2006). Language and Education 22.1, 76-78. PDF
2007 Nouns, verbs, and eventful language. In Polishing the Chinese mirror: Essays in honor of Henry Rosemont, Jr, edited by Marthe Chandler and Ronnie Littlejohn. New York, Global Scholarly Publications. Pp. 176-187. PDF
2006 Variation in non-native varieties of English. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Ed, volume 13, 377-380. PDF
  Diglossia and register variation in Singapore English (with Hong Huaqing). World Englishes 25(1).105-114. PDF
  Clash avoidance and metrical opacity in Singapore English. Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung 59.133-147. PDF
2005 Systemic transfer, topic prominence, and the bare conditional in Singapore English (with Lye Hui Min). Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 20(2).269-291. PDF
  The aspectual system of Singapore English and the systemic substratist explanation. Journal of Linguistics 41.237-267. PDF
2004 Accentualism in Chinese. Language and Linguistics 5.863-889. PDF
2003 Social stigma and grammatical autonomy in nonnative varieties of English. Language in Society 32.23-46. PDF
  Tone, accent, and stress in Chinese. Journal of Linguistics 39(1).147-166. PDF
  Review of Sinitic grammar: synchronic and diachronic perspectives, by Hillary Chappell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). Functions of Language 10.1, 116-122. PDF
  Review of Tone (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics), by Moira Yip (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002). Phonology 20.275-379. PDF
2002 The asymmetry of the medial glides in Middle Chinese. Chinese Phonology 11.7-28. (Special Issue: Glide, Syllable and Tone). PDF
  Review of Tone Sandhi: Patterns across Chinese dialects, by M. Chen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Journal of Chinese Linguistics 30(1).172-178. PDF
2001 The origins of empty categories in Singapore English. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 16.2, 275-319. PDF
  Two Issues in the Study of Singapore English Phonology. In  Evolving identities: The English language in Singapore and Malaysia. Edited by Vincent Ooi. Singapore: Times Academic Press. Pp. 69-78. PDF
  Grammatical stability and the Nativised English. In The Three Circles of English. Edited by Edwin Thumboo. Singapore: Unipress. Pp. 357-368.
2000 Syllabic constituency and sub-syllabic processes. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 9(3).287-313. PDF
  Sub-syllabic processes and the Southern Min syllable. In Chinese Phonology in Generative Grammar. Edited by Debao Xu. NewYork, Academic Press. Pp. 95-116. PDF
1999 The passive in Singapore English. World Englishes 18(1).1-11. (with Lionel Wee) PDF
  Tonal contour and register harmony in Chaozhou. Linguistic Inquiry 30(3).485-493. PDF
  The structure of tone. New York, Oxford University Press.
1998 Why you talk like that?: The pragmatics of a why construction in Singapore English. English World-Wide 19(2).247-260. (with Lubna Alsagoff and Lionel Wee) PDF
  Until in Singapore English. World Englishes 17(1).31-41. (with Lionel Wee) PDF
  Theories of language genesis. In English in new cultural contexts: Reflections from Singapore. Edited by Joseph Foley et al. Singapore: Oxford University Press. Pp. 41-72.
  The sounds of Singapore English. In English in new cultural contexts: Reflections from Singapore. Edited by Joseph Foley et al. Singapore: Oxford University Press. Pp. 152-174. PDF
1996 Local tree geometry and the syntax-phonology interface. In Interfaces in phonology, Studia Grammatica 41. Edited by Ursular Kleinhenz, Berlin, Akademie Verlag. Pp. 27-45. PDF
  The syllable in Chinese. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 24.2, 312-354. PDF
1995 Already in Singapore English. World Englishes 14(2).181-188. PDF
  Syllable structure and partial reduplication in Classical Chinese. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 4(3).175-196. PDF
1994 Syllable structure and labial co-occurrence in Taiwanese. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 21.73-80.  PDF
1993 Review of The tonal system of Igbo, by Mary Clark. Phonology 10.139-145
1992 Toward a typology of tone sandhi. Berkeley Linguistics Society 18 (Special Session).
1991 Prosodic licensing in Yanggu. Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Linguistics. 
1990 Fanqie language and reduplication. Linguistic Inquiry 21(3).317-350. PDF
  Language and world view in ancient China. Philosophy East and West 40(2).195-219. PDF
1987 Abstraction, ming-shi and problems of translation. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 14, 419-444. PDF
1985 Feature Review Article: Review of Language and logic in ancient China, by Chad Hansen. Philosophy East and West 35, 203-212. PDF
1985 Reply to Professor Hansen. Philosophy East and West 35, 425-429. 
Papers in Chinese
2009 新加坡英语主题句。《汉语的形式与功能》,72-82页,程工、刘丹青编。 北京:商务印书馆。
2008 语言学。《国外高校人文社会科学发展报告2008》,564-600页,教育部社会科学委员会秘书处编。北京:高等教育出版社。(与多人合作)
2008 说“道”。《语言科学》 7(1).26-38。PDF
2007 现代音系学:理论及其应用。第2版。351页。北京:北京社会科学出版社。(与侍建国、许德宝合著)
2005 双言现象的量化研究。《中国社会语言学》2005(1).157-168。
  方言接触对变调语法的影响。《语言学论丛》31.22-47。PDF
2003 新加坡英语的几个语法特点。外语教学与研究 35.20-25。PDF
Textbooks and Other Publications
1998 Society, style and structure in language. Singapore, Prentice Hall (Sprint Print). (co-editors: L. Alsagoff, A. Pakir, I.S. Talib, L. Wee) 
  Text in education and society. Singapore, Singapore University Press/World Scientific. (co-editors: D. Allison, L. Wee, S. Abraham)
1997 English sounds and words. Singapore, Prentice Hall (Sprint Print). (with Tony Hung)
  Times-Chambers Essential English Dictionary. 2nd Ed. Singapore, Federal Publications. (on editorial board) 
  Phrase structure. Textbook for Open University Degree Program, SIM, Singapore.
  Clause and sentence structure.  Textbook for Open University Degree Program, SIM, Singapore.
Poems
2004 Moonrise over Tanjong Tokong. In Tongue’s Palette: Poetry by Linguists. Edited by Andrew Sunshine and Donna Jo Napoli. Chicago, Atlantis-Centaur.
  The Padang in Penang. In Tongue’s Palette: Poetry by Linguists. Edited by Andrew Sunshine and Donna Jo Napoli. Chicago, Atlantis-Centaur.
  Affixes are Words, Too. In Tongue’s Palette: Poetry by Linguists. Edited by Andrew Sunshine and Donna Jo Napoli. Chicago, Atlantis-Centaur.
1994 A February Day in Wisconsin. In Speaking in Tongues: Poetry by Linguists. Edited by Brad Straham, Emily Rando and Donna Jo Napoli. Falls Church, Black Buzzard Press.