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I am a double PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit and Beihang University in Beijing, China, being supervised by Professor Alan Cienki (Language Use and Cognition) and Professor Fuyin Thomas Li (Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics). I am spending one and half years at the VU, supported by a grant from the China Scholarship Council. Before starting at Beihang University in 2015, I was a lecturer in Hubei Polytechnic University for eight years. I taught English Linguistics, English Teaching Methodology, English Stylistics, British and American Literature, and English Reading.

My research focus is cognitive semantics, the linguistic representation of causation, causative constructions, and event segmentation. My PhD dissertation is about telicity across languages, involving an empirical study of the linguistic representation of event segmentation for different types of causation in English and Mandarin.

Education / Academic qualification

Cognitive Linguistics, PhD, VU Faculties

1 Jan 20181 Jul 2019

Cognitive Linguistics, PhD, Beihang University

1 Sep 201530 Jun 2019

Cognitive Linguistics, Wuhan University of Technology

1 Sep 201430 Jun 2015

Cognitive Poetics, Central China Normal University

1 Sep 201310 Feb 2014

English Curriculum and Teaching Methodology, Master, Hubei University

1 Sep 200430 Jun 2007

English Education, Bachelor, Hubei University

1 Sep 200030 Jun 2004

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Research Output 2017 2017


Li, J. M., Li, F. & Bohnemeyer, J. 20 Jun 2017 In : TCSOL Studies. 66, 2, p. 81-88 8 p., 10

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Li, J. M., Li, F. & Gu, Q. 14 Sep 2017 In : Journal of PLA University of Foreign Languages. 40, 5, p. 47-54 8 p., 6

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