Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
801 22nd Street, NW, Rome Hall 469
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-7106
Fax: (202) 994-1512

Hongyuan  Dong

Title — Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

Semantics, Syntax, Chinese Linguistics

Current Research

1. Semantico-Phonological Interface of Chinese Questions.

2. Micro historical study of a national language in the process of nation building in modern China.


Ph.D. in Linguistics, Cornell University (2009)


For more information, please visit Hongyuan Dong's personal website here.



    2014 A History of the Chinese Language, Routledge, New York, NY and Abingdon, UK.


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2009  Issues in the Semantics of Mandarin Questions, Ph.D. Dissertation, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. [download pdf ]

Journal Articles and Conference Proceedings

2007 The Semantics of Wh-Questions with the verbal "how" in Mandarin, in Proceedings of the Sixteenth Amsterdam Colloquium, edited by Maria Aloni, Paul Dekker, and Floris Roelofsen. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2004 The Intrasentential Co-reference Rules of 3rd Person Pronoun "ta" in Chinese (with Yang Shen). Zhongguo Yuwen 2004:1 pp16-29, Beijing, China.

Classes Taught

Beginning Chinese
Introduction to Chinese Linguistics I (The structure of Chinese)
Introduction to Chinese Linguistics II (History of Chinese and Dialectology)