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 Linguisitcs 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 April 2019)

Upcoming & Ongoing

  • Teaching
    • Courses in Fall 2019: Semantics I (graduate), Semantics (undergrad)
    • Course in Spring 2019. Semantics of Questions (graduate seminar)
  • Talks
    • “Getting quantifying-into questions uniformly: functionality, exhaustivity, and quantificational variability.” Poster. SALT 29. UCLA. May 17-19, 2019.
    • “Higher-order readings of WH-questions.” Invited talk. Oberseminar Colloquium. Göttingen Univ., June 11, 2019.
    • TBD. Invited talk. Workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches”,  Tübingen Univ., June 13-14, 2019,

Recent papers