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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Our People

Jiang Liu

Title: Associate Professor of Chinese & Linguistics
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: HUO 819
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Language, Literature and Cultures

Linguistics Program

Liu Jiang


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Kansas
  • B.A., English Language and Linguistics, Lancaster University
  • English language and literature, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Research Interests

General linguistics: Language acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics.
Chinese linguistics: Chinese tones, Chinese character recognition.
Pedagogy: Use of technology in Chinese language teaching.

As a linguist who is a native Chinese speaker as well as Chinese language teacher, Jiang primarily focuses on the second language acquisition especially on the L2 learning of Chinese. He uses psycholinguistic approach to study the mechanism of language processing, particularly on the relation between the form of feedback and learning outcome (e.g., implicit vs. explicit learning). His goal is to apply the findings in basic linguistic research to better serve the second language classroom teaching by incorporating certain types of trainings into an existed Chinese language curriculum.

Research Projects

Jiang is currently studying the relation between the indexical information (e.g., speaker voice) in speech and the sound categorization trying to further understand why multiple talkers’ speech is more robust in terms of training learners’ speech perception. He is using video game as a perceptual training paradigm to study learners’ speech learning. Jiang also studies the processing of Chinese characters, which is of logographic writing system.


Introduction to Phonology, Seminar on L2 phonology, Chinese linguistics

Representative Publications

  • Pelzl, Eric, Liu, Jiang & Qi, Chunhong (2022) Native language experience with tones influences both phonetic and lexical processes when acquiring a second tonal language. Journal of  Phonetics.
  • Liu, Jiang & Wiener, Seth (2022). Effects of phonological and talker familiarity on second language lexical development. The Mental Lexicon, 17(1): pp132-153.
  • Liu, Jiang & Wiener, Seth (2021). CFL learners’ Mandarin syllable-tone word production: effects of task and prior phonological and lexical learning. Chinese as a Second Language Research, 9(2), 31-52.
  • Wiener, Seth & Liu, Jiang (2021). Effects of perceptual abilities and lexical knowledge on the phonetic categorization of second language speech. JASA Express Letters, 1(4), 045202.
  • Liu, Jiang, & Wiener, Seth (2020). Homophones facilitate lexical development in a second language. System,
  • Li, Wenshan & Liu, Jiang (2020). The dynamics of yes and no in and as context. Lingua, 244, 102874. doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2020.102874
  • Zhang, Jie & Liu, Jiang (2016). “The productivity of variable disyllabic tone sandhi in Tianjin Chinese”. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 25(1), pp 1-35.
  • Zhang, Jie & Liu, Jiang (2011) Tone Sandhi and Tonal Coarticulation in Tianjin Chinese. Phonetica (68):161–191. 


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