I'm currently a research associate based at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. I work with Prof. Nicola Mclelland on Stand 2 of the wider Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) project (more info here). Stand 2 (more info here) focuses on 'Standard languages, norms and variation: comparative perspectives in multilingual contexts' and I will be conducting research on the topic of language standardisation, variation and multilingualism in China.
I finished my PhD in (socio)linguistics at Queen Mary University of London in 2017, and my thesis investigates language variation in Mandarin Chinese in Beijing and its social meaning. I have a BA in English from South-Central University for Nationalities [中南民族大学] in Wuhan, China and an MA in Linguistics from Queen Mary.
I taught on 'R94RML Research Methods in Linguistics: Language, History and Society' for 2017-18. In 2019-20, I will be teaching 'Language and Society in China'.
As part of the MEITS project, I will be looking into the use of standard and vernacular Chinese varieties as well as English as an international language in China, focusing on expression of cultural,… read more
As part of the MEITS project, I will be looking into the use of standard and vernacular Chinese varieties as well as English as an international language in China, focusing on expression of cultural, political or ideological identities in the increasingly multilingual Chinese society.