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Stephen Matthews, a linguist and typologist, specialises in language typology, syntax and semantics. His current interests include the word order typology of Chinese; the grammar of Chinese dialects, notably Cantonese, Chaozhou and other Minnan dialects; language contact and bilingualism, with particular reference to Sinitic languages. Matthews is currently Acting Head of the new School of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong which incorporates the Departments of Linguistics, Philosophy, History, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts and Music.