Haiyong Liu

Haiyong Liu

Associate Professor
Director of the Linguistics Program, Coordinator of Chinese

(313) 577-9937 for Chinese, (313) 577 7553 for Linguistics


471 Manoogian (Fall 2019 MW 12:30-1:30PM)

10303.4 5057 Woodward (Fall 2019 M 3-5PM)

Curriculum vitae



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Haiyong Liu

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Chinese syntax, acquisition, and pedagogy


Chinese classifiers, subjunctive mood, adjectival intensifier, object omission, and possession. 


  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, UCLA
  • M.A. in Linguistics, Wayne State University
  • B.A. in English literature and Linguistics, Peking University, P. R. China

Awards and grants

  • Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)-Chiang ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF) Summer Institute in Chinese Studies and Global Studies, $50,000 (2018-2019) Space in Two Cities, With Yunshuang Zhang, Min Yu, Bo Shen, Yuning Wu, Yumin Sheng, Tam Perry, Sarah Swider. Website: s.wayne.edu/chinainstitute. 

    Office of the Vice President for Research, Arts and Humantites Support, $10,830 (2017-2018) Object drop in Chinese

    President’s Research Enhancement Program, Arts and Humanities, $10,000 (2014-2016) Encoding Counterfactuality in Chinese, Syntactically, Wayne State University

    Career Development Chair, $19,000 (2012-2014) Theoretical Linguistics and the Teaching of Chinese as a Second Language, Office of the President, Wayne State University

Selected publications

  1. (2020) Why Plurality of the Possessor Matters in Mandarin Chinese Inalienable Possession. Studies in Chinese Linguistics Vol. 40 2: 1-26.


  2. (2019) The Adjectival Intensifier Hen in Mandarin Chinese. Macrolinguistics Vol. 7 1-10 56-67


  3. (2019) Encoding counterfactuality in Chinese, Morpho-Syntactically. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 6:1 27-45.


  4. (2017) 中英文的宾语省略比较 (A Comparison between the Object Drops of Mandarin Chinese and English) 《励耕语言学刊》 (Li Geng Linguistic Journal) Vol 27: 157-169.


  5. (2016) 非言语信递在对外汉语课堂中的应用 (The Applications of Non-verbal Communication in a Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Classroom). 《汉语教学学刊》 Journal of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language)第10 Vol. 10 162-177


  6. (2014) The Ba + Gei Structure and Word Order Change in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Universal Language 15-2: 77-114


  7. (2014) 转换生成语法框架下的汉语正反问句的生成 (The Derivation of Mandarin A-not-A Questions in the Framework of Generative Grammar). 《语言学研究》 (Linguistic Research) 15: 42-59


  8. (2014) The Second Language Acquisition of Chinese Bare Nouns by English Speakers. In Advances in Chinese as a Second Language: Acquisition and Processing. N. Jiang (Ed.) 142-157. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


  9. (2013) Nonverbal Communication: implications in the Chinese L2 classroom. In Studies and Global Perspectives of Second Language Teaching and Learning. J. W. Schwieter (Ed.) 27-45. Information Age Publishing


  10. (2011) Expletive Negation in Mandarin Cha-Dian-Mei ‘miss-bit-not’ Structure. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 39:1 123-148


  11. (2010) With Bangxiong Cheng and Yanli Wei,现代汉语模糊小量的语用文化特征 (The Pragmatic and Cultural Property of Chinese Fuzzy Small Quantity). 《语言研究》 (Studies in Language and Linguistics) 30(3): 90-92


  12. (2009) The Acquisition of Mandarin Aspects and Modals: Evidence from the Acquisition of Negation. Language and Linguistics 10.1: 133–160.


  13. (2008) Teaching Advanced Chinese Writing to Heritage Learners. ITL International Journal of Applied Linguistics 156: 169–178


  14. (2008) A Case Study of the Acquisition of Mandarin Classifiers. Language Research 44.2: 345-360


  15. (2007) The Perception of Chinese Null Subjects by English Speakers. Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association 42.2: 23-40


Currently teaching

  • Chinese and linguistics courses

  • Winter 2020

    CHI 5210 /LIN 5220 /HON 4260 Intro. to Chinese Linguistics (W 2:30-5, 0054 Manoogian)

    Office hours:

    471 Manoogian (W 11:30AM -12:30PM)

    10303.4 5057 Woodward/Maccabees (M 11:30AM-5PM)

Courses taught

1. Undergraduate 

1.      CHI 1005: Intro. To Chinese Language and Culture

2.      CHI 1010: Beginning Chinese I                        

3.      CHI 1020: Beginning Chinese II                      

4.      CHI 2010: Intermediate Chinese I                   

5.      CHI 2020: Intermediate Chinese II     

6.      CHI 3022: Intro. To Chinese Literature          

7.      CHI 3100: Advanced Chinese I

8.      CHI 3200: Advanced Chinese II

9.      CHI 2050: Gateway to Chinese Civilizations              

10.  CHI 3010: Contemporary Chinese Pop Culture

11.  CHI 3990: Summer Service and Learning Program in Rural China

12. CHI 3990: Photographic Representation of the Chinese Community in Detroit

13. CHI 4010: Business Chinese

 2.      Graduate

1.      CHI 5210 / LIN 5220: Introduction to Chinese Linguistics   

2.      CHI/JPN 5220 / LIN 5100: Languages of Asia

3.      CHI 5230 / LIN 5240: Grammar of Chinese

4.      CHI 5300 / LED 5300: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language