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 (Summer 2019 Wed. 9-12PM)

10303.4 5057 Woodward (Summer 2019 Wed 12-5PM)

Curriculum Vitae



Social Media

Our Summer Institute on Space in Two Cities: s.wayne.edu/chinainstitute, chcinetwork.org/news/schedule-for-chci-cckf-2019-summer-institute-the-space-of-two-cities

Haiyong Liu

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Chinese syntax, acquisition, and pedagogy


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

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

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

2. (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 (Li Geng Linguistic Journal) Vol 27: 157-169.

3. (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

4.  (2014) The Ba + Gei Structure and Word Order Change in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Universal Language 15-2: 77-114

5. (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

6. (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

7. (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

8. (2011) Expletive Negation in Mandarin Cha-Dian-Mei ‘miss-bit-not’ Structure. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 39:1 123-148 

9. (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

10. (2009) The Acquisition of Mandarin Aspects and Modals: Evidence from the Acquisition of Negation. Language and Linguistics 10.1: 133–160.

11. (2008) Teaching Advanced Chinese Writing to Heritage Learners. ITL International Journal of Applied Linguistics 156: 169–178

12. (2008) A Case Study of the Acquisition of Mandarin Classifiers. Language Research 44.2: 345-360

13. (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

  • Fall 2019  

    CHI 2010 Intermediate Chinese MW 10:30-12:10

    CHI 5230/LIN 5240: Grammar of Chinese W 2:30-5

    Office hours: MW 12:30-1:30

Courses taught

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

 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