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Pengfei Li

Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies (Chinese)

Pengfei Li holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and specializes in linguistics and language acquisition. He is very experienced in technology-enhanced language teaching, course material development, and curriculum design. Before joining Vanderbilt University, he taught Chinese at all levels at Wake Forest University and Boston University. His classes are goal-driven and his teaching methods, which incorporate the communicative approach, are guided by the principle of “learn to use”. 

Dr. Li’s research interests focus on both theoretical linguistics and language acquisition. In theoretical linguistics, he investigates linguistic data at the interfaces, focusing primarily on syntax and prosody in Chinese. In particular, he examines how word order interacts with phonology and information structure. In language acquisition, he conducts research in L1 children’s knowledge of implicatures, corrective feedback through technology in L2 instruction, translanguaging, and task-based language teaching. 

In his spare time, Pengfei enjoys photography and videography. He loves all kinds sports and is a huge basketball fan. He can also swim, but not fast and long.