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Hsu-Te ChengAssociate Teaching Professor, Chinese Language


I received my B.A. from National Taiwan Normal University, majoring in English Languages and Literatures and an M.A. in Linguistics from the same university. I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Connecticut in 2013. From 2013-2016, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at University of Connecticut. I joined the Emory faculty in 2016.

Research Areas

  • Syntactic theories
  • East Asian syntax
  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Chinese Pedagogy
  • Syntax-Semantics Interface

My research areas include syntactic theories, East Asian syntax, Chinese linguistics, and Chinese pedagogy. I have explored various topics in theoretical syntax, including the nominal structures of Chinese, the theory of Argument Ellipsis, the proper treatment of Ga/No Conversion in Japanese, the theory of A-not-A questions in Chinese, and more recently, the interaction between (3rd) tone sandhi rules in Chinese and its application to Chinese teaching.