My name is 费文晞 (FEI Wenxi), and is pronounced as (surname first):

“FAY When-She” in English, just call me “When-She” :)

[fei51 wən35 ɕi55] in Mandarin [wav]

[fi231 vən223 ɕi44] in Suzhou Wu [wav]

Contact: richabufei[at]gmail[dot]com or see contact

Born in Suzhou, I am currently a PhD student at the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). My supervisor is Dr. Yu-Yin Hsu.

My research mainly focuses on perception and production of speech prosody. For the perception side, I explore how the suprasegmentals of speech encode humans’ behavioral and neural responses. For the production side, I study the acoustic features of prosodic patterns from diverse language groups. Thus, I use interdisciplinary approaches, including acoustic analysis, psychological, and neuroimaging techniques (especially EEG).

I am now collaborating on an interesting project, the ManyBabies project “Individual differences in infants’ social evaluations across cultures” (MB4I), investigating cross-cultural differences in infant social cognition.

For academic service, I have worked as a peer reviewer for the ICPhS2023 conference. I am now a volunteer of the ISCA Student Advisory Committee (ISCA-SAC).

Beyond research, I enjoy reading manga like Hunter x Hunter, swimming, and painting. I worked as a graphic designer, designed logos [e.g., The Modernist Studies in Asia Network (MSIA)] and painted materials for multiple experiments. During my undergraduate years, I also served as captain of the Mandarin Speech and Debate Association at EdUHK and now continue to coach debaters on the part-time basis.


2023-present | PhD | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

2020-2021 | MSc in Language Sciences with Distinction | University College London (UCL)

2016-2020 | BA in Language Studies with First Class Honours and President’s Honour List | The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)


2024 spring | TA of CBS1A01P Fun with Language (UG) | Instructor: Dr. Wing-Li Wu, PolyU


  • (April, 2024) My collaborated paper “Influence of Vocal Cues on Perception of Traits: Evidence from Educational Context” has been accepted by CogSci 2024 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (24-27 July 2024)! It’s also my first time to get an acceptance letter from CogSci.
  • (March, 2024) Our two papers “Investigating Mandarin Tone and Focus Prosody Production in Hong Kong Cantonese Speakers” and “Exploring the Dynamics of Post Focus Compression in Bilingual Speakers: Evidence from Mandarin-Yangzhou Speakers” have been accepted by Speech Prosody 2024 held in Leiden, The Netherlands (02–05 July 2024)!