Research

Research interests

Theoretical linguistics:

argument/event structure and their linkings; adjective classifiers; complex tone sandhi; linguistics of Asian languages

Cognitive science:

causal reasoning/cognition; probability theory; language and mind/cognition

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Current projects

Ph.D. dissertation: Causality and argument interpretation

Committee members: Paul Portner (co-chair), Ruth Kramer (co-chair), Alison Biggs, Bryce Huebner

(This project is a syntax-semantics-philosophy study on the thematic interpretation of arguments in periphrastic causative constructions, which encode distinctive causality notions in different argument structures; built on my second Ph.D. qualifying paper)

The morphosyntax and semantics of adjective classifiers. With Alison Biggs

(This project is a morphology-syntax-semantics interface study collaborating with Alison Biggs, analyzing an understudied kind of classifiers occurring in the adjectival domain)

Syntactically-conditioned tone sandhi patterns in Teochew

(This project is a syntax-phonology interface study of tone sandhi, exploring the mappings between tone sandhi domains and syntactic constituents; built on my first Ph.D. qualifying paper)

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Publications

Under revision [In Chinese] Categorical approach and probability theory in theoretical linguistics studies.

2022 Adjective classifiers in Shantou Teochew. The Proceedings of Chicago Linguistics Society 56. With Alison Biggs

2021 Multiple counterparts of Mandarin qu ‘go’ in Teochew and their cartographic distributions. In Fuzhen Si & Luigi Rizzi (eds.) Current Issues in Syntactic Cartography: A Cross-linguistic Perspective. John Benjamins Publishing Company

2019 The synthetic performances of Teochew. Lingua Sinica, Vol.5

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Presentations

2022 Adjective classifiers and comparison class. The Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association (ACL|CLA 2022). With Alison Biggs

2021 The morphosyntax and semantics of adjective classifiers. The 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 54). With Alison Biggs

2021 A comparative approach to adjective classifier morphosyntax. The 33rd meeting of the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL 33). With Alison Biggs

2021 Specificity and quantifier scope in Teochew: empirical supports for choice function. The 95th Annual Meeting of Linguistic Society of America (LSA 95)

2020 The morphosyntax of adjective classifiers in Shantou Teochew. Chicago Linguistics Society 56 (CLS 56). With Alison Biggs. Canceled due to COVID-19

2019 The cartographic map of Teochew possessive structure. The Joint Conference of Changing Boundaries & The 3rd International Workshop on Syntactic Cartography

2018 Derived heads of Cantonese left periphery and cartographic distributions of its sentence final particles. The 8th International Conference on Formal Linguistics (China)

2018 The grammatical sound changes in Teochew. The 5th International Conference of Chinese Prosodic Grammar

2018 The synthetic performances of Teochew. The International Workshop on Syntactic Analyticity and Grammatical Parameters

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Milestone papers:

2022 Optional causee in Teochew ‘give’-causative. The second Ph.D. Qualifying paper, Georgetown University. Supervisors: Paul Portner, Alison Biggs and Ruth Kramer. Fields: Syntax and Semantics

2021 Tone sandhi patterns in Shantou Teochew. The first Ph.D. Qualifying Paper, Georgetown University. Supervisor: Elizabeth Zsiga. Field: Phonology

2019 Derived heads of Cantonese left periphery and cartographic distributions of its sentence final particles. M.A. Thesis, China Foreign Affairs University. Supervisor: Fuzhen Si. Fields: Syntax and Pragmatics

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Other research experience

2021 Research assistant for Paul Portner. Topic: The syntax and semantics of the verbal domain

2021 Research-oriented tutorial with David Lightfoot. Topic: Diachronic syntax and generative approach of language acquisition

2020 Research assistant for Paul Portner. Topic: Semantics&Pragmatics I course content design

2020 Research assistant for LingLab of Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

2020 Research assistant for Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center, Georgetown University

2019 Research assistant for Paul Portner. Topic: The syntax and semantics of English infinitives

2019 Research assistant for Alison Biggs. Topic: Adjective classifiers & unaccusative structures in Teochew

2018-2020 Project on Cartographic studies on word structures. PI: Fuzhen Si. Team members: Yinghui Tian (team leader after 2020), Jingru An, Weitao Wu and Tingting Liu.

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Academic activities organizations

2022 summer till now Organizer of the Syntax Reading Group, Georgetown University Linguistics Department.

2022 fall Co-organizer of the Syntax Reading Group, Georgetown University Linguistics Department. With James Lee

2021 Program committee member of The 4th International Workshop on Syntactic Cartography & The 1st International Forum on Language and Brain

2019 Program committee member of the Joint Conference of Changing Boundaries & The 3rd International Workshop on Syntactic Cartography

2018 Organization committee member of the inauguration ceremony of Department of Linguistics at Beijing Language and Culture University

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Memberships

Cognitive Science Society

Linguistic Society of America

Societas Linguistica Europaea

Society for Neurobiology of Language

International Association of Syntactic Cartographic Studies

Association canadienne de linguistique/Canadian Linguistic Association

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Other projects (Projects to be further developed in the future)

2022 Prenatal development of language: focusing on speech perception. Ms. (a literature review paper)

2021 Left-headed verbal compounds in Teochew. Ms.

2021 Consciousness: what it is, how it works and how to study it. Ms. (a literature review paper)

2020 Natural language parsing and working memory. Ms.

2020 Relation of oral reading skill with working memory and emotional processing. A fMRI group project. With Lillian Chang, Andrew DeMarco and Neke Nsor

2019 The cartographic distributions of ‘say’ and its grammaticalization process in Teochew. Ms.

2018 The nature of de in ‘Verb+de’ structure: a cross-linguistic comparison between Mandarin, Cantonese and Teochew. With Xing Kang. Ms. (To be further developed in Xing’s Ph.D. dissertation)

2018 Haplology in Teochew emphatic structures. Ms.