About me

Chunsheng (George) Yang (杨春生)

Assistant professor of Chinese
University of Connecticut

Email: chunsheng.yang@uconn.edu
ycsgeorge@gmail.com

Phone: (860)- 486-9240



EDUCATION

2011    Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics, The Ohio State University

Dissertation: The Acquisition of Mandarin Prosody by American Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL)

Committee: Marjorie K.M. Chan (chair), Mary E. Beckman, Cynthia Clopper, Mineharu Nakayama

2009   M. A. in Chinese linguistics, The Ohio State University

2005   M. A. in English linguistics, Ningbo University

                        Thesis: On the Status of Prenuclear Glides in Mandarin Chines

2000    B. A. in English languages and literatures, The University of Science and Technology of China, China

 

TEACHING INTERESTS

Chinese language at different levels;

Introduction to Chinese culture; Chinese literature in translations; China through films; China Today;

Language and identity in greater China; Chinese sociolinguistics; Chinese writing system; Chinese linguistics;

Second language acquisition; Applied linguistics; Second language teaching and learning

 

AWARDS & HONORS

Spring 2012       Project of The Use of Ipad in Teaching Foreign Languages & Literatures, Northwestern University

Spring 2011       Aid for Scholarship and Instructional Development (ASID), Whitman College     

Summer 2010  Arts & Humanities Post-Prospectus Fellowship, The Ohio State University

2009                   The Jiede Empirical Research Grant for Chinese Pedagogy/Chinese Applied Linguistics. Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)

2007, 2008       College of Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant, The Ohio State University

2009, 2010              

2009                   Award for the Best Graduate Student in Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University

2007                    Walton Presentation Award, San Antonio, TX. Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)

2005 – 2010    Graduate Teaching Associateship, The Ohio State University

2005                   Outstanding Graduate Student in Zhejiang Province. Ningbo University, China

2004-2005        First-Grade Graduate Scholarship, Ningbo University, China

2003-2004        First-Grade Graduate Scholarship, Ningbo University, China

2000                   Outstanding graduate, The University of Science and Technology of China, China

1999                    Outstanding student leader, The University of Science and Technology of China, China

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2016. L2 and heritage learners’ acquisition of Chinese dative constructions. To be presented at the 28th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL). May 6-8. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

2016. The acquisition of Chinese dative constructions by L2 and heritage learners. Presented at the 2nd CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning. April 1-3. Maryland, MD.

2015.The acquisition of Mandarin Tone 3 sandhi by American L2 learners. Presented at the 2015 Fourth Annual Conference of New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (NECLTA), October, 3. Providence, RI.

2015 (unable to attend due to MERS in South Korea). Phonetic motivation and pedagogy in the acquisition of Mandarin Tone 3 sandhi. The 23rd Annual Conference on the International Conference on Chinese Linguistics (IACL-23). June 19-21, 2015. In Seoul, South Korea.

2015. The acquisition of Mandarin Tone 3 sandhi by American L2 learners. Presented at the First International Conference on Prosodic Studies. June 13-14. Tianjin, China.

2015. The effect of transfer, markedness and linguistic universals on the acquisition of L2 Mandarin tones. Presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-27). April 3-5, UCLA.

2014. Effect of Self-Generated Learning of Chinese Idioms through iPads, A Mixed-Method Study. Presented at the 2014 AECT International Convention. Jacksonville, FL.

2014. Acquisition of Mandarin lexical tones: L1 transfer or linguistic universals? Presented at the joint conference of the 22nd Annual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL) and the 26th Annual Conference of North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL). May. University of Maryland.

 Yang, C. 2014. Developing CFL learners’ digital literacy: An Integrative Approach. To be presented at the 12th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy. June. Harbin, China.

 2013. A semi-longitudinal study on tone acquisition by CFL learners. Presented at the 2013 New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (NECLTA). October. University of Rhode Island (panel chair).

2012. A cross-institutional study of character learning strategies and their relationship to textbook use and instructors’ teaching. To be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Chines Language Teachers’ Association. November, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2012.Textual conjunctives and topic-fronting devices in CFL learners’ written summaries. To be presented at the First Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language (MICCSL1), University of Maryland.

2012. CFL learners’ acquisition of three SFPs. Presented at the Inaugural Conference of New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (NECLTA), October, Boston, MA.

2012. The Use of iPads in Teaching Chinese to Heritage Learners. Presented at Council of Language Instruction (CLI) Spring Breakfast Symposium, Northwestern University

2011. The mystery of Tone 2 and Tone 3.  Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association. November.  Denver, Colorado.

2011 (With Dawang Huang). “Locally-published SCI-index papers would suffice”: Pragmatism, transposition of discourse strategies and Chinese academics. To be presented at the 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2011), August 23-28. Beijing, China.

2011. The acquisition of Mandarin prosody by American L2 learners. Presented at the 23rd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-23), June 17-19. Eugene, Oregon.

2010 (with Marjorie K.M. Chan ). Audio-visual training in intonational production and CFL learners’ intonational development. 2010 Annual Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association. November 19-21, Boston, MA.

2010. Audio-visual F0 feedback and CFL learners’ prosodic development. Presented at the sixth International Conference and Workshop on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching in the 21st Century (TCLT6). June 12-14, Columbus, OH.

2010. Prosodic phrasing in Mandarin Chinese. Presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-18) and the 22nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-22). May 20-22, Boston, MA.

2010. Prosodic marking of topics constructions in Mandarin Chinese. Presented at Speech Prosody 2010. May 11-14, Chicago, IL.

2010. Prosodic development in an L2 Mandarin learner’s oral report. Presented at the 2010 Conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). March 6-9, Atlanta, GA.

2009. How do CFL learners perceive Mandarin tones and intonation? Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA). November. San Diego, CA.

2009. The acquisition of Intonation & Tones by American CFL Learners. Poster presentation at the 2009 Conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). March 21-24, Denver, CO.

2008. Interaction of Tones and Intonation from Learners’ Perspective (Accepted but unable to attend due to visa issues). The Second International Conference on East Asian Linguistics. November. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,

2008 (with Jia Yang). Interaction of Tones and Intonation from Learners’ Perspective. Presented at the 7th International Symposium of Languages and Linguistics. December 21-24, Guangzhou, China.

2008. Temporal Cues of Discourse Boundaries of L1/L2 Mandarin Speech. The 20th North American Conference of Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-20). April 25-27, Columbus, OH.

2008. The Production and Perception of Mandarin Intonation by American Learners. 22nd Edward Hayes Graduate Research Forum, The Ohio State University, April.

2007. Attitudes and motivations of Chinese HLs and non-HLs: A comparative study. Presented at 2007 Annual Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA). November, San Antonio, TX. 

2007. Production and perception of Japanese word-medial stops by native speakers of Mandarin: A pilot study. Presented at the 13th Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology (MCWOP) held at the Ohio State University. October, Columbus, Ohio.

2005. On the status of prenuclear glides in Mandarin Chinese. Accepted (unable to present due to schedule conflict) by the 11th Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology (MCWOP) held at University of Michigan. November, Ann Arbor, MI.