Professor and Graduate Advisor
PhD, University of South Carolina, 1996;
MA, University of Colorado, 1990;
MA, East China Normal University, 1986;
BA, Shanghai Normal University, 1976
Schmitt Hall 240D
Department of Linguistics
Montclair State University
Research/Interests. Psycholinguistics; cognitive linguistics; contact linguistics; codeswitching: social motivations and structural constraints; second language acquisition; interlanguage; language attrition; the bilingual/multilingual mental lexicon; second language learnability and cognition; bilingualism; stylistics: linguistic analysis of literary works; teaching English as a second/foreign language.
Recent publications include:
- “Intrasentential Codeswitching as Bilingual Lemmas in Contact” in Concentric: Studies in Linguistics 35.2, 307-344 (2009);
- “The Composite Nature of Interlanguage as a Developing System” in Research in Language 7, 5-30 (2009);
- “Address Terms in China: Social Change as a Driving Force for Language Change” in The Proceedings of the Second International Conference on East Asian Linguistics, Simon Fraser University (2009);
- “Content-based Instruction: A Model of Teacher Training Program” in The Proceedings of the KATE International Conference – Across the Borders: Content-based Instruction in the EFL Contexts (2009);
- “Codeswitching and the Bilingual Mental Lexicon” in Barbara E. Bullock and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio (Eds.), The Handbook of Code-switching. Cambridge University Press (2008);
- “Intrasentential Codeswitching as Conceptual Projection of Lemmas in the Bilingual Mental Lexicon” in Journal of Cognitive Science 7/2, 149-178 (2007);
- “Interlanguage as a Composite Developing System” in The Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching (2006);
- “The Multilingual Mental Lexicon and Lemma Transfer in Third Language Learning” in International Journal of Multilingualism 3/2, 88-104 (2006).
- Current research: a book project on “Interlanguage in Perspective” (publishing agreement with the Edwin Mellen Press).
Syntax; Semantics; Pragmatics; Structure of American English; Principles of Second Language Learning; Bilingualism; Methods and Materials of Teaching English as a Second Language.
Semantics and Pragmatics; Syntax; Research Design in Applied Linguistics; Advanced Structure of American English; Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition; Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language; Translation Theory; Languages in Contact; Cognitive Linguistics.