About Me


  • I’m an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Linguistics, specialized in formal semantics, syntax-semantics interface, and Chinese & East Asian linguistics. I study how meanings are drawn from complex structures, and how the underlying logical system is represented in human languages. My current research program focuses on the following topics:
    • questions with complex structures and questions in embeddings;
    • polarity items and free choice items;
    • multi-functional words in East Asian languages.
  • I started as a Chinese major at Peking University. While my undergrad program didn’t offer training in semantics, I accidentally found its beauty and decisively crossed the Pacific Ocean to pursue a career as a semanticist. I received Ph.D. from Harvard Linguistics in 2016 and joined Rutgers Linguistics in 2018.
  • CV (updated to November 2018)

Upcoming & Ongoing

  • Courses in Fall 2018: Semantics I (graduate), Pragmatics (undergraduate).
  • TBD. Invited talk. Workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches”,  June 13-14, 2019, Tübingen University.

Recent papers

Selected recent talks with downloadable handouts/slides

  • Quantifying into questions. Tutorial. The Workshop of multiple wh– constructions and their kin. University of Nantes. Sep 2018. (Handout)
  • A hybrid categorial approach of question composition. (Handout, related paper)
    • NYU Semantics Group. Sep 2018.
    • The Workshop of multiple wh– constructions and their kin. University of Nantes. Sep 2018
    • Rutgers University. Feb 2018.
  • Complete and true: Attitudes held of questions. Invited colloquium. Rutgers University. Feb 2018. (Slides)
  • Alternations of logical functions: Mandarin particle dou as a pre-exhaustification exhaustifier. SJTU and BLCU. July 2017. (Handout)
  • Semantics bootcamp: Questions. Peking University. July 2017. (Part I) (Part II)
  • Wh-items quantify over polymorphic sets. CLS 53. May 2017. (Slides)