Zhiguo Xie

Zhiguo Xie

Zhiguo Xie

Associate Professor, DEALL


614 522-9885

360 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Chinese linguistics


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, 2011, Cornell University

Zhiguo Xie's research centers on exploring what natural language utterances mean and how their meanings are derived from the structural representations. Within this broad research program, he is particularly interested in the questions of where and how human languages differ from each other. The data he uses to tackle these questions primarily come from Mandarin Chinese and English. He is also interested in bilingualism and sociolinguistics. His most recent research deals with three topics. The first one explores why certain temporal adverbs affect the grammaticality or interpretation of modal sentences. The second one studies how the notion "gradability" relates to and/or explains certain language phenomena. The third topic delves into the interaction of questions and focus expressions.