I am an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Hunan University, China (College of Foreign Languages). I study the meaning of natural language expressions (semantics) and how they are put into use (pragmatics). I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers in 2016, with my dissertation titled Varieties of Alternatives chaired by Veneeta Dayal.
My work has touched upon several aspects of Mandarin grammar: focus particles such as the famous dou “each, all, even, already” and other only-like exclusives, wh-expressions and wh-conditionals, Mandarin conditionals in general and resultative verb compounds.
I am currently working on the following projects:
- a system of Mandarin focus particles that captures their cross-domain uses
- a compositional semantics of Mandarin conditionals
- a unified semantics of Mandarin wh-expressions that accommodates their ?, ∃ and ∀ interpretations