- 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
- Courses in Fall 2019: Semantics I (graduate), Semantics (undergrad)
- Course in Spring 2019. Semantics of Questions (graduate seminar)
- “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,
- Xiang, Y. 2018. A hybrid categorial approach to question composition. Under revision.
- Xiang, Y. 2018. Function alternations of the Mandarin particle dou: Distributor, free choice licensor, and ‘even’. Accepted (with minor revisions) by Journal of Semantics. [Old title: “Alternations of logical functions: Mandarin particle dou as a pre-exhaustification exhaustifier”]
- Xiang, Y. 2017. ONLY: An NPI-licenser and NPI-unlicenser. Journal of Semantics 34 (3): 447-481.
- Xiang, Y. and A. Cremers. 2017. Mention-some readings of plural-marked questions: Experimental evidence. Proceedings of North East Linguistics Society 47 (vol 3): 261-274.
- Xiang, Y. 2016. Interpreting questions with non-exhaustive answers. Ph.D. Dissertation. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.