>>NEW: I am interviewed by Routledge as their Author of the Month. Read the interview here.
>>NEW: check out my new book: A History of the Chinese Language (Routledge 2014)
>>NEW: MA degree program in Chinese Language and Culture, at the EALL department of George Washington University.
I am a linguist with a specialization in semantics, with research focuses on the formal aspect of meaning. My research explores how languages differ in their surface forms but have common constraints at a deeper level. I have worked on the semantic properties of questions, focus, adjectives, and quantification. Besides formal semantics, my research also touches upon Chinese historical linguistics and philosophy of language. I am especially interested in how to combine formal semantics with historical linguistics, my two favorite areas of linguistics. You can also visit my work page here.
Le mot existe à cause de l’idée. L’idée exprimée, le mot est oublié.—— Tchouang Tseu
Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen. —— Ludwig Wittgenstein