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Xuehua Xiang, PhD

Associate Professor, Head, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Chinese Language Program Director


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Office Hours - Spring 2021
Monday 02:00pm – 03:00pm
Wednesday 02:00pm – 03:00pm


In my hat as a researcher and linguist, I'm very interested in how language organizes itself at various levels of usages and how social interactions play a role in such structuring. I'm also interested in exploring better ways of language documentation.  My primary research areas are discourse processing, multimodal interaction analysis, and pragmatics.

My recent projects pursue two topics: 1)  marketplace interactions as they adapt to the material and institutional contexts of economic activities, for example, how the gradual disappearance of wet markets and roadside markets, replaced by franchised, digital supermarkets, alters people's orientation to interactional norms; 2) the role of categorization and concept formation in human interaction and learning.

I'm also a curious language learner and a language teacher. I'm interested in designing curriculum and materials that are guided by and able to adapt to students' learning styles. I believe in learning to become confident, resourceful, independent learners.

Selected Publications


Strauss, Susan. Feiz, Parastou, & Xiang, Xuehua. (2018). Grammar, Meaning, and Concepts: A Discourse-Based Approach to English Grammar of English. Routledge.

Selected articles  

Xiang, Xuehua. (2019). A Comparative Study of the Restrictive Markings of Mandarin Jiù, Cái, and Zhǐ. In Columbia School Linguistics in the 21 Century, edited by N. Stern, R. Otheguy, W. Reid, & J. Ruggle.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2019). Personal Pronouns in Chinese Discourse. In Chris Shei (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis. Taylor and Francis.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2012b). Linguistic and cultural characteristics of the domain names of the top-fifty most-visited websites in the US and in China: A cross-linguistic study of domain Names and e-branding. Names: A Journal of Onomastics 60 (4): 210-219.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2012a). External information processing vs. property-ascertaining: A discourse-pragmatic study of three yes/no question particles in Shishan (Hainan Island, China). Text and Talk 32 (2): 255-280.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2011). Constraint reality: Linguistic expressions of restrictivity and emotive stances: A discourse-pragmatic study of utterance-final lah in Shishan (Hainan Island, China). Lingua 121 (8): 1377-1400.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2009). Addition and reassessment: Preverbal particle ah in Shishan (Hainan Island, China). Text and Talk 29 (1): 99-124.

Strauss, Susan and Xiang, Xuehua. (2009). Discourse particles: Where cognition and interaction intersect – The case of final particle ey in Shishan dialect (Hainan Island, P.R. China). Journal of Pragmatics 41: 1287-1312.

Strauss, Susan and Xiang, Xuehua. (2006). The writing conference as a locus of emergent agency. Written Communication 23: 355-396.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2003). Multiplicity of self in public discourse: A comparative analysis of the use of personal references in two sports radio shows in the U.S. and China. Language Sciences, 25, 489-514.