Office: 254 Buttrick
Senior Lecturer in Chinese; Chinese Language Program Coordinator
I did my undergraduate study in English at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. I earned my Master's degree and doctoral degreein Chinese Linguistics at University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) in 1995. After teaching at University of Oregon, Ohio University, and Harvard University, I joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1999.
Areas of Interest:
Chinese syntax, semantics and pragmaticsLanguage pedagogy Second language acquisitionChinese culture and its relation to linguistics and society
Modern Chinese language (elementary, intermediate, advanced)Newspaper ChineseBusiness ChineseChinese CalligraphyExploring China: Business, Culture and Language
Scenario Chinese- A Multi-Skill Chinese Course for Beginning and Intermediate Students (co-authored). World Publishing Inc. Beijing. 2008
Reality Chinese—A Multi-Skill Chinese Course for Intermediate and Advanced Students (co-authored). World Publishing Inc. Beijing. 2006
"Four effective teaching methods for grammar instruction," In Chinese as a Foreign/Second language in the Study Abroad Context, Kunshan Lee, et al. Ed. Beijing University Press.
Book review of Urban Chinese: Mandarin in 21st Century China by Klayman, Gerald and Yunfeng Zhao. Beijing: Beijing Language University Press. 2004. The Modern Language Journal (MLJ) 90.4: 618-619.
"Some overlooked issues in Chinese grammar instruction," In Chinese Language Instructional Materials and Pedagogy, Taochung Yao, et al. Ed. Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
The verb-copying construction and imperfectivity. Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association, 32:3.
The Semantics and Pragmatic Function of Yige in Chinese., Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association Vol. 39:1.