Invited Speakers


Yeshes Vodgsal Atshogs (意西微萨・阿错)is Professor in the Department of Chinese, Nankai University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Linguistics. His research focuses on the contact between Chinese and neighbouring languages, such as Tibetan, especially in the case of a mixing language of Tibetan and Chinese called Daohua (倒话). Dr. Atshogs has published many articles in leading academic journals such as Journal of Chinese Linguistics. He is also author of several books and book chapters on Daohua.  Dr. Atshogs has also won several prestigious awards such as the Mantaro J. Hashimoto Award for Chinese Historical Phonology and Young Scholar Award by International Association of Chinese Linguistics in 2004. He is Executive Director of China Minority Linguistics Association. Besides linguistics, Dr, Atshogs has also published in philosophy.

Jingqi Fu 傅京起 Professor of Chinese at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. B.A. in French, Bejing Institute of Languages (1982); Nouveau Doctorat in linguistics, Université de Paris III (1986);  Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Massachusetts (1994).  She teaches Chinese language, linguistics and Chinese culture. Her research interests are in Chinese and Bai syntax, syntax-morphology interface, typology, Tibeto-Burman languages, language documentation, language identity and language pedagogy.

Wenze Hu is Associate Professor at the Languages and Cultures Department, United States Naval Academy. He was previously Preceptor of the Chinese Language Program at Harvard University. Dr. Hu obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University. His research interest includes syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and pedagogical grammar of Chinese. He has carried out research in cognition-based functional grammar and pedagogical grammar.

Nan Jiang 蒋楠 received his Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona in 1998. He taught at Auburn University and Georgia State University before joining the Program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland as an associate professor of SLA. His main research interest involves the study of cognitive/psycholinguistic processes and mechanisms involved in adult second language acquisition of both English and Chinese. Specific areas include bilingual language processing, lexical representation and development in L2, the integration of linguistic knowledge in adult L2 learning, and the relationship between language and thought. His research has appeared in all major journals of SLA and Applied Linguistics.

Fei Ren 任飞 is an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University. Her major research interests are in semantics and pragmatics, especially the temporal and modal systems of Mandarin Chinese.

Jenny Wang 王志洁 is Associate Professor at the Languages and Cultures Department, United States Naval Academy. She obtained her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Delaware, with a research focus on phonology. Her research interests also include morphology, pragmatics and Chinese language teaching. Dr. Wang taught linguistics previously in the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong.

Fangyuan Yuan is an associate professor of Chinese at the United States NavalAcademy. She holds a doctoral degree in second/foreign language education/research with research interests in task-based language teaching, form-focused instruction and Chinese business culture.

Minglang Zhou is Associate Professor of Chinese, University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his Ph. D. in linguistics from Michigan State University. Before joining UMCP, he taught at University of Oregon, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interest include the sociology of language, language and ethnicity, bilingual education, and teaching Chinese as a second language. He authored Multilingualism in China: The politics of writing reform for minority languages 1949–2002 (Mouton de Gruyter, 2003) and edited/co-edited six volumes on language policy, bilingual education, language contact, and language variation in China. He has also published two dozens of research articles and book chapters on these topics and gave two dozens of invited/plenary speeches at home and abroad. He reviews manuscripts on these topics for over a dozen international scholarly journals, serves on the editorial/advisory board for three of these journals, and has guest-edited for three of them. He has recently won an American Philosophical Society fellowship for his book project “Models of nation-state building and language education for ethnic minorities in China, 1949-2009.”


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