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Sze-Wing Tang's research interests lie primarily in natural language syntax and parametric approaches to comparative grammar with a special focus on the syntax of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) and Cantonese, syntactic differences among Chinese dialects, and syntactic differences between Chinese and English.

Some specific topics that Sze-Wing is currently working on include:

  1. syntax of the sentence-final expressions in a cross-linguistic perspective,
  2. cartographic syntax of Chinese, and
  3. micro-parametric variation of functional categories.