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Xuehua Xiang, PhD

Associate Professor, Head, Director of Undergraduate Studies (Linguistics), and Chinese Language Program Coordinator


Pronouns: She/her/hers


Building & Room:

1508 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5588


My primary interest lies in using empirical lenses (discourse analysis, conversation analysis, distributional analysis, and cognitive-functional perspectives) to investigate the interface of grammar and interaction, and the interplay of language, culture and communication.  My work has centered on three areas: 1) discourse particles (modal particles, focus particles, and utterance-final pragmatic particles); 2) English-Mandarin comparative analyses of the role of culture on verbal communication; 3) situated discursive practices, including lottery talk, marketplace interactions, naming practices and L2 learner’s language-use for learning.

Selected Publications


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

Peer Reviewed Articles

Xiang, Xuehua. (accepted, expected 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. (2018). A Conceptual Framework for Developing Film-based Materials for the Chinese L2 Classroom: Macro and Micro Connection. The Taiwan Journal of Chinese as a Second Language 16: 21-54.

Strauss, Susan, Feiz, Parastou & Xiang, Xuehua. (2017). On Written vs. Spoken Grammar. In John I. Liontas (Ed.) The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2016). Chinese for Heritage Language Learners at the post-secondary level. In Jiening Ruan, Jie Zhang, Cynthia Leung (Eds.) Perspectives on Chinese as a Foreign Language Education. Springer.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2014). Individualization, temporal interpretation, and “bare classifier.” A discourse-informed study of the classifiers of Shishan (Lingao/Be, Hainan Island, China). Proceedings from the 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (Main Session).

Xiang, Xuehua. (2012e). Constructing the “tellables”: An English-Chinese comparative study of question-word interrogatives in interviews of celebrities on talk shows. Chinese Language and Discourse 3 (2): 247–272.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2012d). Statements as questions in interviews with celebrities: A Mandarin Chinese and American English comparative perspective on a questioning strategy. Discourse, Context and Media 1 (4): 160–172.

Xiang, Xuehua. (2012c). 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. (2012b). A discourse study of conversations concerning the lottery in a rural town on Hainan Island (Southern China). Concentric: Studies in Linguistics 38 (2): 267-291.

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 & 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 & Talk 29 (1): 99-124.

Strauss, Susan and Xiang, Xuehua. (2009). (equal authorship). 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.


PhD in Applied Linguistics