Xuehua Xiang

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Basic Language Program Coordinator for Chinese

PhD in Applied Linguistics

As a discourse analyst (Mandarin Chinese, English, Cantonese, Shishan [a Tai-Kadai language spoken on northern Hainan Island, China]), my primary interest lies in using empirical lenses (discourse analysis, conversation analysis, distributional analysis, and cognitive-functional perspectives) to investigate the interface of grammar and interaction, and the interplay of language, culture and communication.  My work has centered on three areas: 1) discourse particles (modal particles, focus particles, and utterance-final pragmatic particles); 2) English-Mandarin comparative analyses of the role of culture on verbal communication; 3) situated discursive practices, including lottery talk, marketplace interactions, naming practices and L2 learner’s language-use for learning.

Recent Publications: 

  • Strauss, Susan. Feiz, Parastou, & Xiang, Xuehua. (In Press). Grammar, Meaning, and Concept: A Guidebook for Teachers of English. Routledge
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2016). Chinese for Heritage Language Learners at the post-secondary level. In Jiening Ruan, Jie Zhang, Cynthia Leung (Eds.) Perspectives on Chinese as a Foreign Language Education. Springer.
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2015). Comments on the Six Interviews Published in The 18th Issue of The KLA (2015). The Korean Language in America Journal, 19:1: 123-127.
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2014). Individualization, temporal interpretation, and “bare classifier.” A discourse-informed study of the classifiers of Shishan (Lingao/Be, Hainan Island, China). Proceedings from the 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (Main Session).
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2012e). Constructing the “tellables”: An English-Chinese comparative study of question-word interrogatives in interviews of celebrities on talk shows. Chinese Language and Discourse3 (2): 247–272.
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2012d). Statements as questions in interviews with celebrities: A Mandarin Chinese and American English comparative perspective on a questioning strategyDiscourse, Context and Media 1 (4): 160–172.
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2012c). A discourse study of conversations concerning the lottery in a rural town on Hainan Island (Southern China). Concentric: Studies in Linguistics 38 (2): 267-291.
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2012b). Linguistic and cultural characteristics of the domain names of the top-fifty most-visited websites in the US and in China: A cross-linguistic study of domain Names and e-branding. Names: A Journal of Onomastics 60 (4): 210-219.
  • Xiang, Xuehua. (2012a). External information processing vs. property-ascertaining: A discourse-pragmatic study of three yes/no question particles in Shishan (Hainan Island, China). Text & Talk 32 (2): 255-280.
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Phone: 312-996-5588
Fax: 312-413-1044
Email: xxiang@uic.edu