I am an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Tsinghua University, China (Department of Foreign Languages and Literature). 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. I also worked at Hunan University, China from 2016 to 2017.
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