Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics
The Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics (GACL) is a registered student organization at The Ohio State University (OSU), with the goal of promoting the linguistic study of the Chinese language. Research interest covers the full range of Chinese linguistics — its norm and dialect variants, spoken and written forms, synchronic and diachronic aspects, and theoretical as well as applied linguistics and their pedagogical applications.
Advised by Professor Marjorie Chan and co-advised by Professor Zhiguo Xie, the two Chinese linguistics professors in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the GACL leadership is as follows:
GACL OFFICERS – 2014-2015 Academic Year
President: Tsz-Him Tsui
Tsz-him is a 5th year Ph.D. student in linguistics. His main interests are phonology, phonetics, and the language documentation of various southern Chinese languages, as well as Austronesian and other East Asian languages.
Vice President (President-Elect): Yutian Tan
Yutian is a 5th year Ph.D. student in DEALL. She is interested in Chinese dialectology, particularly Cantonese and Taishan (a sub-Cantonese variety spoken in southwestern Guangdong), and language contact among Taishan, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. She is also interested in sociolinguistic studies on the early Chinese immigrants to the U.S. originally from the Taishan area. Yutian is also serving as the President of the Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures (GREALL) in 2014-2015 academic year.
Immediate Past President & GACL Liaison Officer: Litong Chen
Litong is a 5th year Ph.D. student in DEALL. His research area is contact linguistics, with particular focus on the interaction among Cantonese, Hakka, and Shaoguan colloquial speech (Shaoguan Tuhua) in northern Guangdong Province. He is also interested in Chinese dialectology, particularly Chongqing Mandarin and southern Chinese languages such as Cantonese and Hakka, as well as the phonetics-phonology interface.
Treasurer & Webmaster: Seth Wiener
Seth is a Ph.D. Candidate in his 6th year in DEALL. His research interest is Chinese psycholinguistics, involving experimental investigations of speech processing, particularly how listeners make use of statistical learning during spoken-word recognition. In addition to serving as the association’s Treasurer, Seth also maintains the GACL website.
Secretary: Qian Wang
Qian is a 2nd year M.A. student in DEALL. She is interested in the syntax-semantics interface. Her current project focuses on the applicative analysis of Mandarin ditransitives.
The Graduate Association of Chinese Linguistics (GACL) engages in numerous activities during the academic year, organizing and co-sponsoring various events. This academic year, among its activities will be that of assisting with organizing the 2014 Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum (2014 BEAL Forum). GACL President Tsz-Him Tsui is serving as one of the two graduate student co-chairs of the forum, representing GACL, and Yutian Tan is serving as the other graduate student co-chair, in her case, representing the Graduate Students of East Asian languages and Literatures (GREALL)..
Advisor: Professor Marjorie K.M. Chan
Associate Professor in The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Adjunct Associate Professor in The Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. Professor Chan’s research interests pertains to Chinese linguistics, dealing with synchronic and diachronic phonology, the phonetics-phonology interface, and dialectology.
Co-Advisor: Professor Zhiguo Xie
Assistant Professor in The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Professor Xie’s research centers on exploring what natural language utterances mean and how their meanings are derived from the structural representations. His current projects include studying modal verbs/auxiliaries, degree constructions, wh-words in Mandarin Chinese, and interactions thereof. In addition, he has a secondary research interest in the sociolinguistic study of bilingualism and how certain bilingual phenomena may inform formal linguistic theory.