Masterclass

Masterclass

Dr. Nala Lee
Department of English Language and Literature
BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Nala Lee is an assistant professor with the NUS Department of English Language and Literature. As a linguist, Dr. Lee is known for her work on language endangerment and Baba Malay. She is a co-developer of the Language Endangerment Index, a language vitality assessment tool that is used on the Endangered Languages Project online portal, a global project set up to highlight the extent of the language endangerment issue. Her work appears in high impact journals such as the Annual Review of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Language, among others. As an educator, Dr. Lee teaches a broad range of modules at various levels, such as EL1101E: The Nature of Language, EL3214: Language Documentation, and EL5204: Linguistic Typology. She has received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award twice for her teaching efforts.

SYNOPSIS

The talk is an introduction to the study of morphology, or word structure. It describes how words can be broken into individual, meaningful parts, comprising stems and suffixes. By doing so, it highlights how essential the concept of a morpheme is, a morpheme being the smallest meaningful unit in any language. The talk then illustrates how morphemes can be systematically assembled to form words, and how our knowledge of morphology can be used to solve ambiguity. For example, what is or are the true meaning(s) of words such as ‘unlockable’ or ‘unfoldable’?

A/P Sher Banu
Department of Malay Studies
BIOGRAPHY

A/P Sher Banu A. L. Khan is an associate professor with the NUS Department of Malay Studies. Her research interest is the Malay world and Southeast Asia in the early modern period focusing on history, gender studies and Islam. Her book Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641-1699, was published by Cornell and NUS Press in 2017. Her diverse teaching areas includes Muslim Orientations, Malay Political Culture and the Impact of Globalisation and Social Change in the Malay world. Her teaching philosophy is to nurture both habits of mind and heart of her students, to produce students with deep conscience who are passionate life-long learners. She is the winner of several Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards. 

SYNOPSIS

The world is in the midst of a global religious resurgence. Muslim societies, like other faith communities, are re-thinking their faith and practices in the light of rapid socio-political transformations. Muslims however are not homogeneous. Within their own states and communities, Muslims understand and perform piety in myriad diverse ways. This has important consequences on intra and inter-faith relations. How does one study and make critical observations about how Islam is practiced and understood in the current local context?

She presents two seminar topics and projects which covers : 1) Exploring Singaporean Muslims’ understandings of halal production and consumption and 2) Analysing the different forms of extremist ideas and ways to address them.

Dr. Lee Li Neng
Department of Psychology
BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Lee Li Neng is a lecturer with the NUS Department of Psychology and has taught a variety of Psychology modules with a current emphasis on adolescent development. He also received his Ph.D. in Psychology from NUS, graduating as the valedictorian while teaching in the department. Currently, his research interests lie in education, specifically how teaching and learning can be optimised, especially through the use of technology, and the developmental trends of critical thinking, curiosity and creativity.

SYNOPSIS

What shapes our behaviours? Are our behaviours due to some genetic influence or is it simply due to the environment? This talk provides a very brief perspective of this question viewed from the lens of Psychology, and introduces what we have discovered about the immense complexity surrounding this simple question.