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Prof. SUN, Chaofen  (孫朝奮)

1988 PhD in Linguistics, Cornell University, USA.
1984 MA in Linguistics, University of Oregon, USA.
1974 BA in English Language and Literature, East China Normal University, Shanghai.

Visiting Professor

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B7628
Phone: (852) 3442 4715
Fax: (852) 3442 0359
Email: cfsuen@cityu.edu.hk
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Research Interests

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Phonology, Syntax, History of Chinese, Sociolinguistics, Communication Skills, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, English Composition, Classical Chinese, Translation (Chinese-English, English-Chinese), Teaching Asian Languages, Chinese language, culture and society, Structure of Chinese, and all levels of Chinese language instruction.

Last updated: 23 September 2019

Scholarly Honors and Awards

Adjunct Professor, Zhejiang Institute of Technology and Science, Hangzhou, June, 2018.

Wilson TS Wang Visiting Professorship, Faculty of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, March 2013.

Yangtze Scholar 长江学者, 2010-2013, appointed by the Chinese Ministry of Education at Beijing Language and Culture University. Adjunct chair professor from 2014-present.

Adjunct Professor and researcher, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China, 2007-present.

Advisory Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai, December 2004-present.

Selected Publications (in recent 6 years)


Key Issues in Chinese as a Second Language Research, co-edited with Istvan Kecskes, New York & London: Routledge. July 2017. 

The Oxford Handbook on Chinese Linguistics, Co-edited with William SY Wang, Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Studies on Chinese Historical Syntax and Morphology. Co-editor with Alain Peyraube.  Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Center de Recherces linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale, Paris, 1999.

Studies on the History of Chinese Syntax.  Editor. Monograph 10 of Journal of Chinese Linguistics, April 1997.

Word Order Change and Grammaticalization in the History of Chinese. (Won a publication subsidy grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Exchange, 1995) Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1996.

Journal Articles

手写简体、电写拼音 (On teaching simplified Chinese characters and typing with Pinyin). Journal of International Chinese Education 汉语国际教育学报, 北京科学出版社,October 2018, 4:3-12. 

Integrating National Standards in the curricular development, implementation, and student outcomes of a post-secondary Chinese language program (co-author). Chinese as a Second Language, 2018: 53-1: 41-74.

A Copula Analysis of shì in the Chinese Cleft Construction, co-authored with Fangqiong Zhan, Language and Linguistics 14.4:755-789, 2013.

Aspectual Classification of Mandarin Chinese Verbs: A Perspective of Scale Structure, co-author with Jeeyoung Peck and Jingxia Lin, Language and Linguistics 14.4:663-700, 2013.

Aspectual marker: Issues of zhe, grammaticalization in the history of Chinese and Wu dialects, Co-author with Long Guofu, Journal of Chinese Linguistics 41.2: 392-417. 2013.

To use and to cause: Shiyong “to use” and the derivation of indirect causation in Chinese. Journal of Chinese linguistics Vol.33-1: 140-63. 2005

Semantically Conditioned Shifts in Chinese",Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, Eclole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l"Asie Orientale, Volume 30:2:133-177. 2001.

Aspectual categories that overlap: A historical and dialectal perspective of the Chinese zhe.  Journal of East Asian Linguistics 7: 153-74, 1998.

On zhe again.  Beijing: Zhongguo Yuwen 2, 1997.

The origin of the Mandarin sentence-final "laizhe".  Paper presented to the 3rd International Conference on Chinese Linguistics in Paris, 1993 and appeared in the Journal of American Oriental Society, 115.3: 434-42, 1995.

Transitivity, BA Construction, and its History.  Journal of Chinese Linguistics 23.1, 1995.

The adposition YI and word order in classical Chinese.  Journal of Chinese Linguistics, Vol:19:2:203-28, 1991.

The history of DE.  Cahiers de Linguistique asie Orientale XVIII:  1: 5-27, 1989.

The discourse function of the numeral classifiers in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Chinese Linguistics, Vol:16:2:298-322, 1988.  Chinese translation in Gongneng Yufa, Hsueh and Tai (eds). Beijing: Yuyan Xueyuan Chubanse, 1994.

On the so-called SOV word order in Mandarin Chinese: a quantified text study and its implications (co-authored). Language Vol:61:2:329-51, 1985.  Chinese translation in Gongneng Yufa, Hsueh and Tai (eds). Beijing: Yuyan Xueyuan Chubanse, 1994.

Book Chapters

Temporally closed situations for the Chinese perfective LE 了, co-author with Ming Chew Teo, in Rachel Giora and Michael Haugh (Eds.) Doing Intercultural Pragmatics: Cognitive, Linguistic, and Sociopragmatic Perspectives on Language Use, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Moutons, 2017:233-55. 

The grammar of Chinese nouns, in Kecskes and Sun (eds) Key Issues in Chinese as a Second Language Research, New York & London: Routledge, 2017:145-61.

The Uses of De 的 as a noun phrase marker, in Oxford Handbook in Chinese Linguistics Wang and Sun (eds), Oxford University Press, 362-78, 2015.

The grammaticalization of the Ba construction: Cause and effect in a case of specialization, , in Oxford Handbook in Chinese Linguistics Wang and Sun (eds), Oxford University Press, 429-44, 2015.

Chinese resultative verb compounds. In Cao Guangshun, Hilary Chappell, Redouane Djamouri and Thekla Wiebusch (eds), Breaking Down the Barriers: Interdisciplinary Studies in Chinese Linguistics and Beyond. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 50: 625-50, 2013.

Grammaticalization and word order Change. Co-auther with Elizabeth Closs Traugott. In Heine and Harrog (eds) Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization. 2011: 378-88.

Two conditions and grammaticalization of the Chinese locatives. In Xu (ed), Space in Languages of China: Cross-linguistic, synchronic and diachronic perspectives. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Science, 2008, 199-228.

Hong Kong's Language Policy in the Postcolonial Age: Social Justice and Globalization," in Crisis and transformation in China's Hong Kong, edited by Ming K. Chan and Alvin Y. So. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2002.

The origin of the Chinese verbal suffixes. Studies on Chinese Historical Syntax and Morphology.  In Peyraube and Sun (eds). Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Center de Recherces linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale, Paris, 1999. 183-202.

Ambiguity in context-induced semantic changes: the History of the Chinese BA Construction, in Studies on the History of Chinese Syntax. In Sun (ed.), Monograph 10 of Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 1997, pp225-56.

Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
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