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Xianmin Liu

252 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 degree in Chinese Linguistics at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) in 1995. After teaching at the University of Oregon, Ohio University, and Harvard University, I joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1999.

Areas of Interest:

Chinese syntax, semantics and pragmatics, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, Chinese culture and its relation to linguistics and society

Courses Taught:

Modern Chinese language (elementary, intermediate, advanced) Newspaper Chinese; Business Chinese; Chinese Calligraphy Exploring China: Business, Culture, and Language

Selected Publications


Chinese for Living in China Vol.2 (co-authored). Peking University Press. Beijing2016

Chinese for Living in China Vol.1 (co-authored). Peking University Press. Beijing. 2014

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.