Dr. Jaspal Naveel Singh obtained his PhD from Cardiff University in Wales, UK, with a linguistic ethnographic thesis on voice and narrative in hip hop dance, music and art in Delhi, India. Prior to coming to the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, he taught at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He disseminated his research at numerous academic conferences and lectures across the world and through academic publications. Jaspal is interested in the complex interconnections between language and culture or what is better described as languaging and transculturation. He takes inspiration from classic western and eastern philosophy, hip hop and other Black diasporic traditions, to arrive at a type of research that complexifies standard approaches in the social sciences. In his work he problematises research ethics and common-sense writing strategies.


Courses offered in 2018-2019

ENGL1017       Introduction to sociolinguistics
ENGL1050       An introduction to qualitative research methods in sociolinguistics online and offline
LCOM2005      Language, communication and globalisation
LCOM3001      Cultural dimensions of language & communication




Journal articles

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (in preparation) Voicing superdiverse Delhi: Loudness as a prosodic resource in narratives. Planned venue for submission: Journal of Sociolinguistics.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel and Tom Bartlett (2017) Negotiating sustainability across scales: Community organising in the Outer Hebrides. AILA Review 30: 50-71. 

Singh, Jaspal Naveel and Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan (2016) Cultural interventions: Repositioning hip hop education in India. Linguistics & Education 36(1): 55-64.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2013) ‘How many of us remember 1984?’: Narrating masculinity and militancy in the Khalistani rap bricolage. Sikh Formations. Religion, Culture, Theory 9(3): 339-360.


Working Paper

Singh, Jaspal Naveel and Frances Rock (2018) Changing landscapes: Cathays in Cardiff. Working Papers in Translanguaging and Translation (WP. 3).



Singh, Jaspal Naveel, Argyro Kantara and Dorottya Cserző (eds.) (2016) Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.


Book chapters

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (in press) Appropriate meaning: Discursive struggle and polyphonic semiosis in Indian hip hop. In: Boris Zizek and Hanna Piepenbring (eds.) Formen der Aneignung des Fremden. Heidelberg: Winter. 

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2016) The journey is its own reward: Downscaling culture in intercultural communication research. In: Jaspal Naveel Singh, Argyro Kantara and Dorottya Cserző (eds.) Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 11-31.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2016) Delhi to Bronx: Transkulturelle Historizität als transformatives Potential. In: Heidrun Kämper, Daniel Schmidt-Brücken and Ingo H. Warnke (eds.) Textuelle Historizität: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf das diskursive Apriori. Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter, 261-284.

Wengoborski, Sonja and Jaspal Naveel Singh (2013) Creating the city of Delhi: Stories of strong women and weak walls. In: Hans-Christian Petersen (ed.) Spaces of the Poor: Perspectives of Cultural Sciences on Urban Slum Areas and Their Inhabitants. Bielefeld: Transcript, 147-168.



Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2018) Review of Andrzej Zuczkowski, Ramona Bongelli and Illaria Riccioni. Epistemic Stance in Dialogue: Knowing, Unknowing, Believing. Discourse Studies 20(3): 445-447.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2018) Review of Quentin Williams. Remix Multilingualism: Hip Hop, Ethnography and Performing Marginalized Voices. Journal of Sociolinguistics 22(2): 258-261.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2016) Review of Johannes Angermuller, Martin Nonhoff, Eva Herschinger, Felicitas Macgilchrist, Martin Reisigl, Juliette Wedl, Daniel Wrana and Alexander Ziem (eds.) Diskursforschung: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. Discourse Studies 18(3): 354-358.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2015) Review of Johannes Angermuller. Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis: Subjectivity in Enunciative Pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics 88: 55-57.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2015) Review of Suresh Canagarajah. Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations. Journal of Sociolinguistics 19(1): 105-110.



Last updated: 3 September 2018