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LIU, Mingming    

LIU Mingming

Assistant Professor


2016 Rutgers University             Ph.D. Linguistics

2010 Peking University            M.A. Chinese Language and Literature

2007 East China Normal University   B.A. Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language & French (minor)


2/2018–Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

8/2016–1/2018  Assistant Professor, Hunan University, College of Foreign Languages

Fields of Research Interest

Formal semantics, pragmatics and syntax-semantics interface

Specifically: focus particles, wh-items, plurality, conditionals, questions, exhaustivity.

Teaching Experience

Tsinghua University: Intro to Formal Semantics (2018–21 fall), Graduate Semantics (2018-21 fall),

Intro to Formal Pragmatics (2019-21 spring), Analyzing Natural Language Phenomena in a Formal Way (2019 spring, 2021 spring)

Hunan University: Syntax (2017 Spring), Introduction to Linguistics (2017 spring)

Rutgers University: Introduction to Linguistics (2013 spring),

Peking University: Introduction to Linguistics (TA to Prof. Xiufang Dong, 2008 fall)



1. Liu M. M. (2018). Varieties of alternatives: focus particles and wh-expressions in Mandarin. Springer and Peking University Press, Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics Series.

Journal Papers

2. Liu M. M. (Accepted). A pragmatic explanation of the mei-dou co-occurrence in Mandarin. Journal of East

Asian Linguistics.

3. Li Y. R., Zhou P. & Liu M. M. (Accepted). Donkey pronouns in child Mandarin: Insights into the ∃/∀ dichotomy. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics.

4. LiuM.M.&CuiY.Y.(2019).SituatingMandarinwh-indefinitesintheTypologyofModalIndefinites..Journal

of Foreign Languages.

5. Liu M. M. (2017). Varieties of alternatives: Mandarin focus particles. Linguistics & Philosophy.

6. Liu M. M. (2017). Mandarin conditional conjunctions and only. Studies in Logic.


7. Liu M. M. & Yang Y. (2020). Modal wh-indefinites in Mandarin. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 25..

8. Liu M. M. (2020). Universal Quantification in Mandarin.

Monotonicity in Logic and Language. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

9. Liu M. M. (2019). Explaining the Exceptive-Additive Ambiguity in Mandarin.

Proceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium.

10. Liu M. M. (2019). Unifying Universal and Existential wh’s in Mandarin. Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 29.

11. Liu M. M. (2019). Universal wh’s in Mandarin.

Proceedings of the 49th North East Linguistics Society (NELS).

12. Liu M. M. (2018). Short answers to questions in Mandarin wh-conditionals. Proceedings of the 48th North East Linguistics Society (NELS).

13. Liu M. M. (2017). Dou-quantification, distributivity, and alternative semantics.

MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 84: Proceedings of GLOW in Asia XI - Volume 1.

14. Liu M. M. (2016). Mandarin dou: the common core of distributivity, maximality, and EVEN. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 21.

15. Liu M. M. (2016). Mandarin wh-conditionals as interrogative conditionals. Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 26.

16. Liu M. M. (2016). Exclusive (dis)harmonies in Mandarin Chinese. Proceedings of PLC 39.

17. Liu M. M. (2016). Non-exclusive ‘only‘ in Mandarin Chinese. Proceedings of CLS50.

18. Liu M. M. (2015). Participant Sharing in Chinese Resultatives. Proceedings of PLC38.

19. Liu M. M. (2014). Mandarin Resultative Verb Compound Involves VP Complementation Proceedings of PLC37.

Grants and Awards

PI: “Alternative semantics and Mandarin functional adverbs: a systematic perspective.” National Social Science Foundation of China (17CYY062), 2017-2020.

Professional Activities

Reviewer, Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, Journal of Semantics, Natural Language Semantics, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Syntax, Language and Linguistics, Linguistics, Folia Linguistica, Studia Linguistica, NELS, WCCFL, Hong Kong RGC proposal and so on.

Organizer, Tsinghua Interdisciplinary Workshop on Logic, Language, and Meaning (2019, 2020, 2021).

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