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Xianmin Liu


Office: 252 Buttrick
Phone: 615-343-7824

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

Courses Taught:

Modern Chinese language (elementary, intermediate, advanced)Newspaper ChineseBusiness ChineseChinese CalligraphyExploring China: Business, Culture and Language

Selected Publications


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.