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



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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 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. (In Press) Why Plurality of the Possessor Matters in Mandarin Chinese Inalienable Possession. Studies in Chinese Linguistics

  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

  • 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