About Me


  • My name is Yimei Xiang (向伊梅), pronounced as [i: mɛɪ, ɕiɑŋ].
  • I’m an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Linguistics, specialized in formal semantics, syntax-semantics interface, and Chinese & East Asian linguistics. I study how meanings are drawn from complex structures, and how the underlying logical system is represented in human languages.
  • I completed Ph.D. in Linguistics at Harvard Univ. in 2016 and B.A. in Chinese at Peking Univ. in 2010.
  • My current research program focuses on the following topics:
    • questions with complex structures and questions in embeddings;
    • higher-order readings of questions;
    • polarity items and free choice items;
    • multi-functional words in East Asian languages.
  • CV (updated to Oct 2019)


  • Teaching
    • Courses in Fall 2019: Semantics I (graduate), Semantics (undergrad)
  • Presentations
    • “Attitudes held of questions: Completeness and sensitivity to false answers.”
      Invited talk. Workshop on Looks, Attitudes, and Syntactic Embedding. NYU. Nov 1, 2019.
    • “A variable-free approach to composing questions with functional dependency.”
      Invited talk. Workshop on Complex multiple wh– constructions. Univ. of Nantes. Nov 25-26, 2019
    • “Higher-order readings of WH-questions”.
      Invited talk. Linguae Seminar. Ecole Normale Supérieure, Pairs. Nov 28, 2019.
    • “Two types of higher-order readings of questions.”
      Talk. Amsterdam Colloquium. Dec 18-20, 2019.
    • Title TBD.
      Invited colloquium. MIT. April 10, 2020.

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