Skip to main content

About Holman Tse, PhD

Holman Tse is a linguist who specializes in sound change in language contact settings. For example, his current research focuses on English influence (as well as lack of influence) on vowel pronunciation patterns among bilingual Cantonese heritage speakers in Toronto, Canada. At St. Kate’s, Dr. Tse teaches general linguistics and sociolinguistics courses for the Language Studies Program. These courses are part of the “language” part of the Department of Literature, Language, and Writing (formerly Dept. of English and International Languages). Dr. Tse also teaches a section of Global Search for Justice (CORE 3990W) focusing on Language as a Human Right. His education includes degrees in Linguistics and Anthropology and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). With his broad liberal arts background, Dr. Tse serves as secretary for St. Kate’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.


2019 - Present Assistant Professor of Linguistics, St. Catherine University English Department
2018 - 2019 Instructor, University of Pittsburgh ‐ Linguistics

Curriculum Vitae

Enter a valid date range.

Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Member, Acoustical Society of America
2021 - Present Member, International Phonetic Association
2005 - Present Member, Linguistic Society of America
Present Member, American Dialect Society
Enter a valid date range.

Honors and Awards

  • Denny Prize for Distinction in Scholarly Writing (2023)


  • Topic: Languages of the World (ENGL 2994/4994)
  • Topic: Dialects of English (ENGL 2994/4994)
  • Topics in Language Studies - Bilingualism and Multilingualism (ENGL 3490)
  • Global Search for Justice - Language as a Human Right (CORE 3990W)
  • Language as Power (ENGL/WOST 3400W, CRST 3401)
  • Writing for the Digital Age (ENGL 3340)
  • College Writing (ENGL 1905W)
  • World Englishes: Past and Present (ENGL/CRST 3480)
  • Linguistic Analysis (ENGL 3450)
  • Language in Society (ENGL/WOST 2402)


2011 - 2018 PhD, University of Pittsburgh ‐ Linguistics
2004 - 2005 MA, University of Chicago ‐ Linguistics
1999 - 2003 BA, University of California, Santa Cruz ‐ Anthropology

Invited Talks (2)

Publications (9)

Presentations (10)

Syllabi (4)