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Chinese Syntax in a Cross-linguistic Perspective.  (in press) Oxford University Press (edited with Andrew Simpson and Dylan Tsai).

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Chinese Linguistics.  2014. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers (edited with Jim Huang and Andrew Simpson).

Step Up. Book 2.2013.Cengage Learning. (with Chen-Lin, Lee, Tan)

The Syntax of Chinese, 2009. Cambridge University Press (with James Huang, Yafei Li) 

Essays on the representational and derivational nature of grammar: the diversity of wh-constructions, 2003. MIT Press (with Joseph Aoun)

Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation, 2003.  RoutledgeCurzon Press (ed. with Andrew Simpson)

Ultimate Chinese, Living Languages, 2000. Crowne Books, Random House (with Jennifer Humphries and Cathy Wei)

New Horizons in Chinese Linguistics, 1996.  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht (ed. with James Huang)

Syntax of Scope, 1993.  MIT Press (with J. Aoun)

Order and Constituency in Mandarin Chinese, 1990, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.
 (reviewed in Canadian Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Chinese Language Teacher's Association, Journal of Linguistics, Language, Lingua,  The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics)


Journal articles:

"Structure of Noun Phrases - Left or Right?" (2014) Taiwan Journal of Linguistics. 12.2, 1-32.

 “Born Empty” (2014) Lingua. Available online 26 November 2013.

 Thematic Hierarchy and Derivational Economy” (2014) Language and Linguistics 15.3, 295-339.

 "P-insertion and Ellipsis" (2013) Studies in Chinese Linguistics 34.2, 99-128. http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/clrc/scl_34_2/li.pdf

"Formal Linguistics and 'the Best Practices' of Language Instruction" (2013)Journal of Chinese Language Teaching 10.2,1-38.

Mandarin de ↔ Taiwanese e(2012) Studies in Chinese Linguistics, 33.1, 17-40.

“The structure of Mandarin nominal phrases: from the perspective of the MinNan modification marker” 2012.  EastLing东方语言学, Shanghai上海教育出版社11, 82-92.

“Non-canonical objects and case” (2011) Korea Journal of Chinese Language and Literature 1, 21-51.

"Chinese as a foreign language” (2011) (with Chuanren Ke) Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 39.1,177-238.

“Theories of phrase structures and DE as a head,” (2008) Contemporary Linguistics 2, 97-108

“Beyond empty categories,” (2007) Bulletin of the Chinese Linguistic Society of Japan. 254, 74-106

“Theories of empty categories and Chinese null elements,” (2007) Linguistic Sciences, 6: 37-47.

“VP-ellipsis and null objects" (2005) Linguistic Sciences 15, 3-19.

"Making sense of language differences" (2003) Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 22.

"Nominal projections" (2002) Zhongguo Yuwen, 2002-5: 326-336 (with Bingfu Lu)

"Universal Constructions? relativization in English and Chinese" (2001) Concentric, 27.2

 "Scope, structure and expert systems" (2000) Language (with Joseph Aoun) 133-155

 "The classifier system and the development of men" (2000) Contemporary Linguistics, (with Shi Yuzhi) 27-36.

 "Hoo, Hoo, Hoo: Causative constructions in Taiwanese" (1999) in Ting, Pang-Hsin, ed. Contemporary Studies on the Min Dialects, JCL Monograph Series #14, pp. 146-203. (with Lisa Cheng, James Huang and Jane Tang)

"Plurality in a classifier language"(1999) Journal of East Asian Linguistics 8: 75-99.

"Determiner phrases and number phrases" (1998) Linguistic Inquiry 29: 693-702.

"Subject orientation properties of acquisition of Chinese long and short distance reflexives" (1998) in Studia Lingua Sericae, Hong Kong. 209-224. (with Yu-chin Chien)

 "Steps towards reading proficiency: progressive readings" (1998) Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association 33: 79-96.

 "Causative compounds across Chinese dialects: a study of Cantonese, Mandarin and Taiwanese" (1997), Chinese Languages and Linguistics, Vol.4., 199-224.  (supported by CCK Foundation) (with Lisa Cheng, James Huang and Jane Tang)

 "On Some Differences between Chinese and Japanese" (1993) Linguistic Inquiry 24: 365-372. (with J. Aoun)

 "Wh‑in‑situ: S‑Structure or LF" (1993) Linguistic Inquiry 24: 199-238(with J. Aoun)

 "Indefinite wh in Chinese" (1992) Journal of East Asian Linguistics 1: 125-156.

 "Minimal Disjointness" (1990) Linguistics, 28.2 (with J. Aoun).an earlier version appeared in Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics VI.

 "Scope and constituency" (1989) Linguistic Inquiry  20: 141-172. (with J. Aoun)

 "Duration phrases: Distributions and Interpretation" (1987) Journal of Chinese Language Teachers  Association 


Book Chapters

“Ellipsis” (2014) the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on Chinese Linguistics, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers (with Tingchi Wei). 275-310.

 “Quantification” (2014) the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on Chinese Linguistics, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers. 208-247.

 “Case, Tense and Clauses” (2013)  Breaking down the Barriers: Interdisciplinary Studies in Chinese Linguistics and Beyond, edited by Hilary Chappell, Redouane Djamouri  and Thekla Wiebusch, Le Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l'Asie orientale, l'infrastructure de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.  Academia Sinica, Taipei.

“Noun incorporation and non-canonical objects” (2012) WCCFL 30, Santa Cruz(with Michael Barrie)

“Looking into clauses” (2011) in Studies in Chinese Linguistics, edited by Hooi Ling Soh, Liang Tao, Xiao Yun. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London. pp.27-58.

 “Ellipsis and missing objects” (2008)Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory: Essays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud. edited by Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta (with Joseph Aoun) 251-274. Cambridge: MIT Press.

 “Theories of empty categories and their implications for Chinese,” (2008) in Contemporary Linguistic Theories and Related Studies on Chinese]  edited by Shen Yang, Shengli Feng。202-216.  Beijing: Commercial Press.

 “Integrating language instruction and technology --- the next step” (2007)in Hanyu jiaoxue: hai nei-wai de hudong yu hubu [Chinese language teaching and learning: cross-Pacific interaction and collaboration, edited by Cui Xiliang, 310-326. Beijing: Commercial Press.

 "Morphology-syntax interface: null elements" (2007) in Interface in Chinese: Morphology, Syntax and Phonetics edited by Xu Jie Zhong Qi, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 254-258.

 “Chinese ba,” (2006) In The Blackwell companion to syntax, ed. Martin Everaert and Henk van Riemsdijk. Vol. 1, 374-468. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.

 "Amazing videos in advanced Chinese courses" (2005) in New Developments in the Teaching and Research of Written Chinese. edited by Shengli Feng and Wenze Hu, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2005, 211-234.

 "NP as argument" (2003) In Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation, edited by Yen-hui Audrey Li and Andrew Simpson, RoutledgeCurzon Press. 3-27

 "Word Order, Structure and Relativization" (2003) In Formal Ways to Chinese Linguistics, CSLI, distributed by Cambridge University Press.

 “Topic structure and Minimal EffortZAS Papers in Linguistics, 20: 1-20

 "Two types of existential sentences" (1998)Illinois papers in linguistics, 26. 175-191

 "Two cases of logical relations" (1996) in R. Freidin ed., Current Issues in Comparative Grammar by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 346-373. (with Joseph Aoun),

 "Recent generative studies in Chinese syntax"  (1996) in New Horizons in Chinese Linguistics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. 49-95. (with James Huang),

 "Introduction to New Horizons in Chinese Linguistics" (1996) in New Horizons in Chinese Linguistics  by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. 1-19. (with James Huang)

 "The interaction of operator" (1991) in R. Freidin (ed), Principles and Parameters  in Comparative Grammar,  MIT Press. 163-181. (with J. Aoun)


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