Hongyuan Dong is Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the George Washington University. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University, with a research focus on formal semantics. Hongyuan Dong has presented at major academic conferences in formal semantics in the US and Europe, such as the Amsterdam Colloquium and Semantics and Linguistic Theory. He has also published in Zhongguo Yuwen, a top linguistics journal in China. Hongyuan Dong is also interested in the history and formation of the Chinese language. He is author of a book titled “A History of the Chinese Language” (Routledge 2014).
Hang Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the George Washington University. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include phonology, second language acquisition and Chinese language pedagogy. Her current research focuses on the investigation of interlanguage tonal grammars within the framework of Optimality Theory. She has published research papers in a variety of academic journals and co-authored two books on Chinese language pedagogy and Chinese linguistics. She received the Peking University Press Publication Award in the year 2012.
Also many thanks to Molly Mroch, CI Program Coordinator, for managing the logistics of this workshop.