verbal argument structure, event structure (specifically, periphrastic causative, argument interpretation, verbal modality);
gradable adjectives, adjectival constructions (specifically, adjective classifiers, comparison class; degree semantics);
syntactically-conditioned complex tone sandhi patterns;
linguistics of Asian languages
causality/causation (specifically, causal pluralism, agency);
language and cognition/brain;
Ph.D. dissertation: Causality and argument interpretation: lessons from Teochew periphrastic causatives
Committee members: Paul Portner (co-chair), Ruth Kramer (co-chair), Alison Biggs, Bryce Huebner
(This project focuses on the contextual causee interpretation in four Teochew periphrastic causatives, each encoding a different causality notion which cannot be uniformly captured by the widely-used CAUSE operator; it is designed to be a syntax-semantics-pragmatics-philosophy/Cognitive Science interface&interdisciplinary study built on my second Ph.D. qualifying paper)
[With Alison Biggs] Comparison class in the structure of degree expressions
(This project focuses on what an understudied type of classifiers, showing up in the adjectival domain in some Asian languages, tells us about the interpretation of comparison class, when it comes to the vague readings of gradable adjectives; languages under explorations include Teochew, Cantonese and Thai; it is designed to be a morphology-syntax-semantics interface study )
Syntactically-conditioned tone sandhi patterns in Teochew
(This project focuses on the mappings /alignments between complex tone sandhi domains and syntactic constituents in Teochew; it is designed to be a syntax-phonology interface study built on my first Ph.D. qualifying paper)
Revised and resubmitted [Written in Mandarin] Categorical approach and probability theory in theoretical linguistics studies
2022 [With Alison Biggs] Adjective classifiers in Shantou Teochew. The Proceedings of Chicago Linguistics Society 56.
2021 Multiple Mandarin qu ‘go’ counterparts 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.
2022 Thematic interpretation of optional CAUSEE in Teochew ‘give’-causative. The Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics 15 (BCGL 15): Argument structure, theta-roles, and their realization.
2022 [With Alison Biggs] Adjective classifiers and comparison class. The Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association (ACL|CLA 2022).
2021 [With Alison Biggs] The morphosyntax and semantics of adjective classifiers. The 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 54).
2021 [With Alison Biggs] A comparative approach to adjective classifier morphosyntax. The 33rd meeting of the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL 33).
2021 Specificity and quantifier scope in Teochew: empirical supports for choice function. The 95th Annual Meeting of Linguistic Society of America (LSA 95).
2020 [With Alison Biggs] The morphosyntax of adjective classifiers in Shantou Teochew. Chicago Linguistics Society 56 (CLS 56). 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.
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 & 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 & Pragmatics.
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.
2022 summer till now Organizer of the Syntax Reading Group, Georgetown University Linguistics Department.
2022 spring 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
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
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. (a literature review paper)
2020 [With Lillian Chang, Andrew DeMarco and Neke Nsor] Relation of oral reading skill with working memory and emotional processing. An fMRI group project.
2019 The cartographic distributions of ‘say’ and its grammaticalization process in Teochew. Ms.
2018 [With Xing Kang] The nature of de in ‘Verb+de’ structure: a cross-linguistic comparison between Mandarin, Cantonese and Teochew. Ms. (To be further developed in Xing’s Ph.D. dissertation)
2018 Haplology in Teochew emphatic structures. Ms.