About Me


  • My name is Yimei Xiang (向伊梅), pronounced as [i: mɛɪ, ɕiɑŋ].
  • I’m an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Linguistics, specialized in formal semantics, syntax-semantics interface, philosophy and language, and Chinese & East Asian linguistics. I study how meanings are drawn from complex structures, and how logic is manifested in human languages. I completed Ph.D. in Linguistics at Harvard Univ. in 2016 and B.A. in Chinese at Peking Univ. in 2010.
  • My current research program focuses on the following topics:
    • questions with complex structures;
    • questions under attitudes;
    • higher-order readings and mention-some readings of questions;
    • polarity items and free choice items;
    • multi-functional words in East Asian languages;
    • compositionality (categorial, variable-free) and binding
  • CV (updated to April 2021)

Recent & Ongoing & Upcoming

  • Courses of Spring 2021
      • Semantics II (Graduate-level): materials are updated in teaching. Topics include:
        Compositionality and binding
        Focus, inferences, questions
        Worlds and events
      • Pragmatics (Undergrad-level)
  • Upcoming Presentations
    • “Binding without variable: Solving the under-generation problems.” (OSF page)
      Poster at SALT 31 (Virtual). Brown University. May 7-9, 2021.
  • Recent Presentations
      • “Higher-order readings of wh-questions and the disjunction–conjunction asymmetry.” (Related paper) (Slides)(Recording)
        • Invited talk (virtual). UIUC Linguistics Seminar Series. September 21, 2020.
        • Invited talk (virtual). MIT Linguistics Colloquium. September 25, 2020.
      • “Two types of higher-order readings of questions.” (Video) (Slides)
        Talk. Amsterdam Colloquium. Dec 18-20, 2019.
      • “A variable-free approach to WH-dependency.” (Slides)
        Invited talk. Workshop on Complex multiple wh– constructions. Univ. of Nantes. Nov 25-26, 2019
      • “Higher-order readings of WH-questions”.
        Invited talk. Linguae Seminar. Ecole Normale Supérieure, Pairs. Nov 28, 2019.
      • “Attitudes held of questions: Completeness and sensitivity to false answers.”
        Invited talk. Workshop on Looks, Attitudes, and Syntactic Embedding. NYU. Nov 1, 2019.
      • “Higher-order readings of WH-questions.”
        Invited talk. Oberseminar Colloquium. Göttingen Univ., June 11, 2019.
      • “Not Exhaustivity: Completeness and false answer sensitivity in questions.” (Slides)
        Invited talk. Workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches”,  Tübingen Univ., June 13-14, 2019.