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Prof. LIU, Meichun  (劉美君)


1993                Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder          

                       Advisor: Prof. Barbara Fox (student of Prof. Sandra A. Thompson)

                       Dissertation topic: Discourse, Grammar, and Grammaticalization: Synchronic and Diachronic

                       Analysis of the Mandarin Adverbial Markers Jiu and Cai.

1993                Certificate in Cognitive Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

1987                M.A. in Linguistics, Ohio University

1984                B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University


Department Head

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Phone: (852) 3442 8722
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Research Interests

  • Functional Syntax
  • Lexical Semantics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics

Teaching Interests

English and Chinese Language and Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Language Processing

Last updated: 16 March 2018

Professor Meichun Liu received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993. Before joining the Department of Linguistics and Translation, City University of Hong Kong as the Head in August 2015, she taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) since 1994 and was promoted to the rank of Professor of Linguistics in 2002. Between 2003 and 2006, she was the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of NCTU. In 2007-08, she was the Director of NCTU Library. In 2013-14, she was the Coordinator of the Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Certificate Program. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Visiting Scholar at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University.

Professor Liu has won a number of significant awards in teaching and research, including the NCTU Excellent Teaching Award (2014), NCTU Distinguished Academic Book Publication Award (2013), LST Thesis of the Year Award, Linguistics Society of Taiwan (2011), Pursuit of Excellency Research Grant Award (2007-2011), NCTU Outstanding Teaching Award (2009-10). She has also served as the External Reviewer, Hong Kong Research Grant Council (2011-14), LST Board Member (2010-11), Section Editor, International Journal of Computational Linguistics & Chinese Language Processing (2009-13), as well as reviewer for a number of academic journals, such as Journal of Pragmatics, Language and Linguistics, and Language.

Research Grants (as Principal Investigator)

Research Grants from University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong



Teaching & Learning Grant – Meeting the Challenge of Teaching and Learning Language in the University: Enhancing Linguistics Competence and Performance in English and Chinese (Project Leader of sub-component #2: Enhancing grammatical competence: making sense of English and Chinese)

 Research Grants from City University of Hong Kong


Strategic Research Grant – An Empirical Study of Placement Verbs in Chinese: Integrating Lexical Semantics, Brain Potentials, and Corpus Annotation


Strategic Research Grant – From Caused Motion to Spatial Configuration: What is Unique about Mandarin PL Verbs


Startup Grant for Professor – Lexical Semantics of Spatial Configuration Verbs


Teaching Start-Up Grant – Exploring the Unexplained: How to Make Sense of Chinese and English


Teaching Development Grant – The MERIT Study Kit for Large Classes: Student-oriented, Dynamic and Interactive System


Research Grant Writing Fund – Language and the Aging Brain: Spatial-motional Coding, Understanding and Processing

1994-2015 PI for NSC research grants

2014-15    Construction of the Mandarin VerbNet: Spational Configuration verbs.

中文動詞詞彙語意網的建構:空間配置動詞的詞彙及構式研究 103-2410-H-009-022-MY3

2012-14   Construction of the Mandarin VerbNet: Semantic Frames of Motion Verbs,

NSC101-2410-H-009-038-MY2 中文動詞詞彙語意網建構:移動動詞的語意類型研究

2010-12  Cross-categorical Interaction: a frame-based study of verbs of judgment and social interaction.


2009-10  Construction of the Mandarin VerbNet: Judgment verbs, NSC 98-2410-H-009-036


2006-07   Interface Studies: Linguistic Theories and Applications. ‘Aiming for World-Top University

Project.’ 介面研究:語言學理論及應用(邁向頂尖大學計畫) MOE 95W812.

2006        Emergency of the Indefinite Article: the grammaticatization of yige, NSC

不定冠詞的出現「一個」的語法化 NSC95-2411-H009-013

2005-07    Construction of the Mandarin VerbNet: Cognition-perception verbs (I-II), NSC.

中文動詞詞彙訊息的建構:認知感官動詞研究 (1-2) NSC 94-2411-H-009-014

2002-05   smart Interfacing-Intelligent Dialogue System for ITS Information Access, MOE.

融合高科技與人文的智慧型人機介面  甲-91-E-FA06-4-4

Selected Publications (in recent 6 years)


Liu, Mei-chun. 2014. Think English, Write English《英文寫作有道理》. Taipei: Linking Publishing Co.

Liu, Mei-chun. 2012. Making Sense of English《英文文法有道理》. Taipei: Linking Publishing Co.

Liu, Mei-chun. 2002. Mandarin Verbal Semantics: A Corpus-based Approach. Taipei: Crane Publishing Co.

Journal Articles

Liu, Meichun. forthcoming. From Caused motion to Spatial Configuration: Placement verbs in Mandarin. To appear in Language and Linguistics 20.1.

Liu, Meichun. 2017. The form-function mapping principles in Chinese grammar: a morpho-constructional approach. International Chinese Language Education 2.2: 61-75.

Liu, Meichun. 2016. Emotion in lexicon and grammar: lexical-constructional interface of Mandarin emotional predicates. Lingua Sinica (2016) 2:4 (ERIH Plus, Springer Open Access).

Liu, Mei-chun, Chia-yin Hu, Hsin-shan Tsai, and Shu-ping Chou. 2015. The Proto-Motion Event Schema: integrating lexical lemantics and morphological sequencing. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 43.2: 503-547 (SSCI and AHCI journal).

Liu, Meichun and Che-Wei Chang. 2015. A Lexical-Constructional Approach to Verbal Semantics: The Case of Mandarin ‘Hang’ Verbs. International Journal of Knowledge and Language Processing 6.4:1-20. (INSPEC)

劉美君. 2015. 如何理解中文語法–從功能詞說起. 華語文教學研究 12.3: 31-52.(THCI Core)

Liu, Mei-chun and Chia-yin, Hu. 2013. Free Alternation? A Study on Grammatical Packaging of Excessive Predication in Mandarin Chinese. Language and Linguistics 14(1): 47-90. (SSCI and AHCI Journal)

Liu, Mei-chun and Ting-yi Chiang. 2008. The Construction of Mandarin VerbNet: a frame-based approach to the classification of statement verbs. Language and Linguistics 9(2): 239-270. (SSCI/AHCI Journal)

Liu, Meichun and Chia-yin Hu. 2008. Conceptual Schema as Semantic Link: frame-based study of Mandarin cognition Verbs. International Journal of Computer Processing of Oriental Languages. 21.1: 55-75

Liu, Mei-chun, Ting-yi Chiang and Ming-Hui Chou. 2006. A frame-based Approach to Polysemous Near-synonymy: the case with Mandarin verbs of expression. Journal of Chinese Language and Computing 15 (3): 137-148.

Liu, Mei-chun and Chun Edison Chang. 2005. From Frame to Subframe: collocational asymmetry in Mandarin verbs of conversation. International Journal of Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing 10 (4): 431-444.

Liu, Mei-chun. 2005. Lexical Information and Beyond: meaning coercion and constructional inference of the Mandarin verb GAN. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 33 (2): 310-332 (SSCI and AHCI Journal).

Liu, Mei-chun. 2003. From Collocation to Event Information: the case of Mandarin verbs of discussion. Language and Linguistics 4(3): 563-586 (special issue on Chinese Lexical Semantics).

Liu, Mei-chun. 2002. Corpus-based Lexical Semantic Study of Verbs of Doubt: HUAIYI and CAI in Mandarin. Concentrics 28 (2): 43-56.

Liu, Mei-chun, Chu-ren Huang, Charles Lee, and Ching-Yi Lee. 2000. When Endpoint Meets Endpoint: a corpus-based lexical semantic study of Mandarin verbs of throwing. Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing 5 (1) : 81-96.

Huang, Chu-ren, Kathleen Ahrens, Chang Li-li, Keh-jiann Chen, Mei-chun Liu, Mei-chih Tsai. 2000. The Module-Attribute Representation of Verbal Semantics: from semantics to argument structure. Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing 5 (1): 19-46.

Liu, Mei-chun. 1997. From Motion Verb to Linking Element: discourse explanations for the grammaticalization of JIU. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 25 (2): 258-289.

Liu, Mei-chun. 1997. Conceptual Basis and Categorial Structure: a study of Mandarin V-R compounds as a radial category. Chinese Languages and Linguistics 4: 462-473. Taipei: Academia Sinica.

Book Chapters

Liu, Meichun and Chang, Rui-Ching. 2015. Semantic Profile as a Source of Polysemy: Insight from the Spatial-Configurational Verb fàng in Mandarin. In Chinese Lexical Semantics, eds. by Lu, Qin and Helena Hong Gao, pp. 24-32. New York: Springer International Publishing.

Liu, Meichun. 2015. Tense and Aspect in Mandarin Chinese. The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. Ch. 21, pp. 274-289, edited by William S-Y. Wang and Chaofen Sun. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.

Liu, Meichun and Rui-Ching Chang. 2015. Re-defining Locative Inversion in Mandarin: A Lexical-constructional Approach. In Proceedings of the 27th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-27), Vol. 2, eds. by Hongyin Tao et al., pp. 439-461. University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Liu, Meichun and Chang, Chun (2012). The degree-evaluative construction:grammaticalization in constructionalization, in Newest Trends in the Study of Grammaticalization and Lexicalization in Chinese, edited by Janet Zhiqun Xing, 115-148. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter Co.

Liu, Mei-chun. 2010. Emergence of the indefinite article: discourse evidence for the grammaticalization of YIGE in spoken Mandarin. In From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from Grammaticalization. Amserdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

Liu, Mei-chun. 2003. Motion, Direction and Spatial Configuration: a lexical semantic study of ‘HANG’ verbs in Mandarin. In Motion, Direction and Location in Languages: In Honor of Zygmunt Frajzyngier, eds. by Erin Shay and Uwe Seibert, 177-187. Amserdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

Liu, Mei-chun. 2002. Verbs of Surface Contact in Mandarin: A Lexical Semantic Study. In Form and Function: Linguistic Studies in Honor of Shuanfan Huang, eds. by Lily I-wen Su, Chinfa Lien and Kawai Chui, 275-304. Taipei: Crane Publishing Co.

Liu, Mei-chun. 2000. Reciprocal Marking with Deictic Verbs COME and GO in Mandarin. In Reciprocals: Forms and Functions, eds. by Z. Frajzyngier and T. Curl, 123-132. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

Liu, Mei-chun. 1999. Lexical Meaning and Discourse Patterning: the Case of Mandarin BUILD. In Cognition and Function in Language, eds. by B. Fox and D. Jurafsky, , 181-199. Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Invited Speeches

2018 “ERP Evidence Verbal Semantic Detection”, Center for Biosystems, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology, City University of Hong Kong

2017 Sheffield University, UK

  1. “How to make sense of Chinese grammar? – A non-English biased view”
  2. “Corpus-based approaches to verbal semantics – how to analyze verbs in Chinese

2017 “What can Chinese tell us about grammar: a non-English biased view”, Department of Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University

2017 “Language and mind: the contrastive study of Chinese and English”, 語言應用研究與認知神經科學暑期班, 暨南大學華文學院

2017 “Lecture series on contrastive study of English and Chinese: a linguistic perspective”, Department of English Language and Literature, Xiamen University

2017 “中文動詞語意研究: 框架為本,構式為用”, 山東大學文學院“新杏壇” 講座

2017 “如何理解中文語How to make sense of Chinese? ”,山東大學 “稷下風”講座

2017 “中文語法:誰來解惑?”, 山東大學威海分校語言學及應用語言學博士點

2017 “中文動詞語意研究:框架為本,構式為用”, 煙台魯東大學文學院

2017 “中文語法的語性What is Chinese grammar sensitive to? - A non-English biased view”, 煙臺魯東大學文學院

2017 “中文動詞的語意延展:事件推理、語意側重與多義性”, 青島海洋大學文學院

2017 “What can Chinese tell us about grammar? - A non-English biased view”, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA       

2016 “The mission of English majors: making sense of language”, 中山大學外語學院

2016 “The mission of English majors: how to make sense of language?”, 交大外文系

2016 “老了-真好!-How to make sense of Chinese grammar”, 台灣師大華教學系

2016 “The Linguistic Mission: Making Sense of Language”, presented to 廈門大學外國語文學院

2016 “英文寫作有訣竅Think English, Write English”, presented to students of Takming University of Science and Technology

2016 “英文寫作有訣竅Think English, Write English”, presented to MOE Workshop on Improving English Education (英語教育精進計劃), Takming University of Science and Technology

2016 “How to make sense of English Grammar?”, presented to山東大學外語學院

2016 “Emotion in Lexicon and Grammar: Insight from Mandarin Chinese”, presented to山東師範文學院

2016 “漢語情感動詞句法語義研究新視角”, presented to 山東大學中文信息研究所

2015 “Emotion Verbs in Chinese and English”, presented to浙江大學高層學術論壇, School of International Studies, Zhejiang University

2015 “Emotion Verbs in Chinese and English”, presented to School of Foreign Languages, Beihang University

2015 “Mandarin Verbs and Verb Classes”, presented to Institute of Computational Linguistics, Peking University

2014  Forum talk on “Think English, Write English”, Language Center, National Chungcheng Univ.

2014  Invited speaker and instructor, Miaoli County Program for Academically Gifted Students.

2013  Workshop Instructor, Hsinchu County Junior High School English Teachers Program.

2013  Talk on Making sense of English, Language Center, National Chungcheng Univ.

2013  Invited speaker, Stanford Confucius Institute Symposium, Stanford University, USA.

2013  Invited Speaker, Chiayi Technology High School 嘉義市嘉義高工.

2013  Invited Speaker, Chiayi Chiahua High School 嘉義市嘉華中學.

2013  Invited Speaker, Tainan Cave Bookstore 台南市敦煌書局.

2012  Invited Speaker, ETA Annual Conference 全國英語教師年會.

2012  Invited Speaker, Hsuan Chuang University.

2012  Forum speaker, the Taipei City Library, Taiwan.

2009  Invited speaker, The19th International Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Paris, France.

2009  Keynote speaker, Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, Yantai, Shandong, China.

2008  Keynote speaker, Tri-JiaoTung Conference on Applied Linguistics, Xi-an, China.

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