Sinologists in Bydgoszcz


Prof. Chinfa LIEN obtained his doctoral degree in linguistics at University of California at Berkeley in 1987. He started his teaching career as an associated Professor in the graduate Institute of Linguistics at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He has been Professor of Linguistics at the same Institute since 1993, also serving as its director from 1995-1998. In 2004, he was appointed as Chair Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at the same university. He has been an emeritus professor since February 2019.

His current research interests focus on diachronic change in Southern Min including the detailed syntactic analysis of Ming and Qing dynasty plays, the Li Jing Ji/Li Zhi Ji, and the interaction between chronological and dialectal strata in Chinese to which he has applied the theory of lexical diffusion. In particular, he supposes under the supervision of Professor William Wang the thesis of bidirectional diffusion. His recent research roughly falls into two major categories: (1) lexical semantics and (2) functional categories. For lexical semantics, his major concern has been the issues of semantic extension, interface between constructions and fixed expressions. For functional categories, his research ranges over a set of topics such as phase (or rather aktionsart) and aspect, deictic system, directional patterns, interrogative, negative words, mood, copular constructions and adverbials.

He has coordinated many recent research projects mainly on the synchronic grammar of Southern Min grammar, but also including three on the language of Ming and Qing dynasty plays, with grants from the National Science Council and Ministry of Science and Technology. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious National Science Council awards for Outstanding Research (1995, 1999, 2002), Outstanding Scholar Award (2003-2008) (offered by Foundation for the Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship) and National Science Council awards under the Contract Research Award (offered by NSC) (2004-2006, 2006-2008).


Dr. Zhengdao YE is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University. Her research interests encompass semantics, pragmatics, the language of emotion, and Chinese linguistics. She has lectured and published extensively in these areas. Before moving to Australia in the late 1990, she taught Chinese as a second language in varied settings in Shanghai. That experience inspired her to pursue a meaning-based approach to Chinese language studies.

葉正道博士是澳洲國立大學文學暨語言學院的高級講師(相當於北美體制的副教授),其研究興趣為語義學、語用學、情緒語言及漢語語言學。作為一位旅居澳洲的華人語言學家,葉博士除了出版了許多非常重要的學術論著外,其教授的課程也多和這些學術領域有關。葉博士於1990年代後期開始旅居澳洲,在此之前曾在上海從事對外漢語教學的工作,尤其是教導學生漢語在不同語境下的使用模式。這段時間的教學經驗也深深地影響著葉博士後來的研究方向,即在進行漢語研究工作時偏向採取意義導向的研究方法。在此次的演講中,葉博士將透過分析漢語的情緒表現及社會互動來探討「自然語義元語言」(Natural Semantic Metalanguage)中的「文化腳本」(cultural scripts),並說明此文化腳本如何能被應用在教授「隱形」的文化上,而在全球化影響下的對外漢語教學中又該如何繼續發展。

Dr. Chiarung LU obtained her doctoral degree in human and environmental studies (linguistics) at Kyoto University in 2006. She is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Taiwan University. She has wide research interests in the interactions among language and society, language and culture, as well as metaphor and cognition based on CDA, corpus and cognitive-linguistic approaches. Recently, she has led projects dubbed as ProverbNet, investigating the knowledge systems, cultural metaphors, lexical polysemy, cultural models, and cultural landscapes, etc., among English, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese proverbs. She is also researching on subculture analyzing linguistic memes in discourse in the fields of comics and animation to explore their influence on society.


Dr. Grace Chen-Hsiu KUO graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with a Ph.D. in linguistics with the specialty of phonetics, laboratory phonology and psycholinguistics. After her graduation, she spent a year working as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2014-2017, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University.

Her research focuses on tone and intonation, syntax-phonology interface, information structure, and prosodic processing. In her dissertation, she examined the perception and acoustic correlates (including voice quality) of different prosodic domains in Taiwanese. Her current research project investigates the individual difference and the role of autistic traits and working memory in nonnative speakers’ prosody perception.

In addition to her research, she has had plenty of experience teaching general phonetics, experimental phonetics, phonology, advanced phonology, experimental linguistics/phonetics, psycholinguistics, field methods, Non-Indo European structures, and language acquisition.


Dr. Ting-Ting Christina HSU is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies at Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. degree from National Tsing Hua University in 2013. During her Ph.D. years, she was fully sponsored by Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology for a one-year research program as a visiting scholar in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley, and soon after she graduated from the graduate school of linguistics, she was fully sponsored again by Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology for another one-year research program as a visiting assistant professor in the Linguistics Research Center at UT Austin, where She worked with Prof. Hans Boas on the interface between the semantic and cognitive constructions of causative verbs. Dr. Ting-Ting Christina Hsu is an experienced teacher of applied linguistics and an outstanding scholar of language studies. She specializes in semantics, morphology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics, language teaching, and comparative studies. She is the counselor of researches on new words in the National Academy of Education, and she is working on several international projects on Chinese and Chinese dialects right now.


Dr. I-Chun CHEN obtained her doctoral degree in literature at Kanazawa University in Japan in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor at National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan. Her area and interest in research are in semantics, Chinese dialects and grammar, dialect geography and Teaching Chinese as a Second language. In 2019, she published a Chinese textbook for Food and Beverage.