Keynote speakers 会议主讲嘉宾

Li Wei

Prof Li Wei
Institute of Education
University College London

Professor Li Wei is a linguist working in the interdisciplinary fields of language contact, bilingualism and multilingualism, language learning, and the education of bilingual and multilingual children. He has led numerous research projects funded by ESRC, AHRC, Leverhulme and Nuffield as well international funding agencies, including the British Academy special project on the cognitive benefits of language learning. He has won the British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize twice. He was Chair of the University Council of General and Applied Linguistics (UCGAL) between 2012 and 2015. He is currently Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics Review.

Prof Zhu Hua
Professor of Language Learning and Intercultural Communication
IOE - Culture, Communication & Media

University College London

Professor Zhu Hua is a professor of Language Learning and Intercultural Communication and Director of International Centre for Intercultural Studies at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society.  She is Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics(2021-2024), an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK and an elected Fellow of International Academy for Intercultural Research. 
Her research spans over cross-linguistic studies of child language acquisition, speech and language disorders of young children, pragmatics, multilingualism, and intercultural communication. She is author of Phonological Development in Specific Context (2002), and editor of Phonological Development and Disorder (with Barbara Dodd, 2006), Language Teaching/Learning as Social Inter-Action (with Paul Seedhouse, Li Wei and Vivian Cook, 2007), and The Language and Intercultural Communication Reader (2011). She is also one of the authors of the clinical assessment DEAP: Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology

Hongyin Tao

Prof Tao Hongyin
Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics
University of California, Los Angeles

Hongyin Tao is Professor of Chinese language and linguistics and applied linguistics and coordinator of the Chinese language program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to UCLA, he taught at the National University of Singapore and Cornell University. His areas of expertise include Mandarin discourse and grammar, applied linguistics, social and cultural linguistics, and corpus linguistics. He is on over a dozen editorial boards and Executive Editor of the journal Chinese Language and Discourse and its companion book series, Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse, both with the John Benjamins Publishing Company. He is also vice-president/incoming president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of USA.

Fang Mei

Prof Fang Mei
Professor of the Institute of Linguistics
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

FANG Mei, Professor of the Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is currently the deputy editor-in-chief of Studies of the Chinese Language (中国语文) and the vice-president of Chinese Language Society. She has been working on Chinese grammar and discourse analysis with the functional approach, focusing on the emergent nature of grammatical patterns, pragmaticalization, and grammar in interaction.

Li Xiaoting

Prof Li Xiaoting
Professor, East Asian Studies
University of Alberta

Dr. Xiaoting Li is Professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta. She received her PhD in linguistics and applied linguistics at Peking University, China, in 2011. She was a DAAD fellow at the University of Potsdam in 2008-2010. Recently, she received the Humboldt Fellowship to conduct her research at the University of Freiburg in Germany in 2019-2021.


Prof Jing Zhuo-Schmidt
Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Oregon

Zhuo Jing-Schmidt currently works at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon. Zhuo does research in Cognitive Linguistics, Pragmatics, Language and Gender, Language Change, and Second Language Acquisition. Their current project is sensory metaphor and metonymy, and the new media.