Richard V. Simmons
Professor of Chinese
Department of Asian Language & Cultures
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
330 Scott Hall, 43 College Avenue
New Brunswick , NJ 08901
Tel: 848-932-7605, Fax: 732-932-7926
Email Address: rsimmon@rci.rutgers.edu
Homepage Address: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~rsimmon/

Also known as:
R. VanNess Simmons, Richard V. Simmons,
史皓元 (sometimes written "史皓圆"), 史瑞明 (prior to 1993)
 
  Education
Highest Earned Degree
Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics and Dialectology, August 1992, University of Washington, Seattle.
Dissertation
"The Hangzhou Dialect." Dissertation advisor: Professor Jerry Norman. The dissertation, based upon research done in China and Japan 1988-89, is a descriptive and comparative study of a Chinese dialect of significant historical interest.
Other Earned Degrees
M.A. in Chinese Literature, June 1986, University of Washington, Seattle. Masters thesis: "The Soushen houji Attributed to Tao Yuanming (365-427)." Thesis advisor: Professor David Knechtges. The thesis is a study and translation of a Chinese Six Dynasties (222-589) collection of classical tales of the supernatural.
B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, March 1981, University of Washington, Seattle. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
 
  Employment History
Titles or Assignments within Positions Held
2017-ongoing: Director, Confucius Institute of Rutgers University
Positions Held
07/2011-ongoing: Professor of Chinese at Rutgers University
09/2008-06/2017: Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University
01/2015-07/2015: Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, Spring 2015.
07/1999-06/2011: Associate Professor of Chinese at Rutgers University
07/1993-06/1999: Assistant Professor of Chinese at Rutgers University
09/1992-06/1993: Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese at Middlebury College
09/1991-08/1992: Pre-doctoral Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Washington
04/1987-06/1987: Pre-Doctoral Teaching Associate I in Chinese at the University of Washington
09/1983-08/1986: Teaching Assistant in Chinese at the University of Washington
 
  Publications
Books
2015: Richard VanNess Simmons, translator. Research in Tōng-Tài Dialect Phonology. English translation of Tōng-Tài fāngyán yánjiū 通泰方言音韵研究 by Gu Qian 顾黔 2001 (Chinese monograph published by Nanjing University Press 南京大学出版社, 2001). Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics, No. 84. München: Lincom Europa, 2015, xx + 374 pp.
2014: Richard V. Simmons 史皓元 and Gu Qian 顾黔. Hànyǔ fāngyán gòngtóng yīnxì yánjiū 汉语方言共同音系研究 [Research in the Common Phonology of the Chinese Dialects]. Nánjīng: Nánjīng dàxué chūbǎnshè 南京大学出版社, 2014, 452 pp.
2011: Richard VanNess Simmons 史皓元. Chinese Dialect Classification -- Theory and Practice 《汉语方言分区的理论与实践》(a revision and translation into Chinese of Simmons' Chinese Dialect Classification -- A Comparative Approach to Harngjou, Old Jintarn, and Common Northern Wu). Translated by Gu Qian 顾黔. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju 中华书局, 2011. 361 pp.
2011: Richard VanNess Simmons. Shanghainese-English/English-Shanghainese Dictionary and Phrasebook. New York: Hippocrene Books, 2011. 332 pp.
2006: Richard VanNess Simmons史皓元, Shi Rujie 石汝杰 and Gu Qian 顾黔. Chinese Dialect Geography: Distinguishing Mandarin and Wu in Their Boundary Region 江淮官话与吴语边界的方言地理学研究. Shanghai: Educational Publishing House 上海教育出版社, 2006. 338 pp.
    • Review:
      • Zhèng Wěi 郑伟. 2015. "Wúyǔ hé nánbù Jiāng-Huái guānhuà yīnyùn bǐjiào yánjiū zhōng jǐ gè wèntí 吴语和南部江淮官话音韵比较研究中几个问题" [Issues in the comparative study of the phonologies of southern Jiāng-Huái Mandarin and Wú dialects]. In Yǔyánxué lùncóng 语言学论丛 42, 110-133
2006: Richard VanNess Simmons史皓元, Gu Qian 顾黔, and Shi Rujie 石汝杰. Handbook for Lexicon Based Dialect Fieldwork 汉语方言词汇调查手册. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju 中华书局, 2006. 196 pp. (On the copyright page of the first printing of this volume, Simmons' Chinese name is erroneously entered as "史皓圆".) Second printing Spring 2007.
1999: Richard VanNess Simmons. Chinese Dialect Classification -- A Comparative Approach to Harngjou, Old Jintarn, and Common Northern Wu. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory (E. F. K. Koerner, series editor), Volume 188. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co., 1999.317 pp.
    • Reviews of this book include:
      • William G. Boltz. 2000. "Notes on Richard VanNess Simmons: Chinese Dialect Classification." In Oriens Extremus 42.1, 183-190.
      • Akitani Hiroyuki 秋谷裕幸. 2000. In Tôyô gakuhô 東陽學報 (Journal of the Research Department of the Tôyô Bunko 東陽文庫) 82.9, 1-8.
      • Zev J. Handel. 2001. In Journal of the American Oriental Society 121.4, 658-660.
Edited Books, Anthologies, Collections, Bibliographies
2014: Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Dialect, Phonology, Transcription and Text 漢語與漢藏語研究:方言、音韻與文獻. Co-edited with Newell Ann Van Auken. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 53. Taipei: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica 中央研究院語言學研究所, 2014.
1999: Richard VanNess Simmons, ed. Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification. Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series, Number 15, 1999. 279 pp.
    • Review:
      • Laurent Sagart. 2002. In Journal of Chinese Linguistics 30.1, 179-193
Chapters in Books or Monographs
2017: "Rime Tables and Rime Table Studies." In The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Edited by Rint Sybesma, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2017, Vol. III, pp. 609-619.
2017: "Gwoyeu Romatzyh." In The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Edited by Rint Sybesma, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2017, Vol. IV, pp. 416-424.
2017: "Pre-modern Tonal Notation for Chinese." In The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Edited by Rint Sybesma, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2017, Vol. IV, pp. 321-326.
2017: "Varieties of Mandarin." In The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Edited by Rint Sybesma, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2017, Vol. II, pp. 672-682.
2017: "The Language of Shanghai." In The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Edited by Rint Sybesma, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2017, Vol. IV, pp. 22-25.
2017: "Dialect Islands." In The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Edited by Rint Sybesma, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2017, Vol. II, pp. 69-72.
2014: "Lǎopài Hángzhōu fāngyán shítǐ xìtǒng jǔlì 老派杭州方言时体系统举例" [Aspect in the Old Hángzhōu Dialect, with examples]. In Hànyǔ fāngyán shítǐ wènti xīn tànsuǒ 汉语方言时体新探索 [New Explorations of Issues Regarding Aspect in Chinese Dialects]. Edited by Lǘ Xiǎoqún 卢小群 and Lǐ Lán 李蓝, et al. Běijīng: China Minzu University Press (Zhōngyāng mínzú dàxué chūbǎnshè 中央民族大学出版社), 2014, pp. 201-210.
2014: "A Comparative Look at Common Southern Jiāng-Huái and the Southern Mandarin Influences in Hé Xuān’s Yùnshǐ." In Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Dialect, Phonology, Transcription and Text 漢語與漢藏語研究:方言、音韻與文獻. Co-edited by Richard VanNess Simmons and Newell Ann Van Auken. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 53. Taipei: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica 中央研究院語言學研究所, 2014.
2013: "Lüètán Wúyǔ hé Guānhuà de biānjiè fāngyán zài dìlǐ-shang de xíngchéng hé yǎnbiàn" 略谈吴语和官话的边界方言在地理上的形成和演变 [A brief discussion of the geographical formation and development of dialects on the boundary between Wú and Mandarin]. In Cáo Zhìyún 曹志耘, ed. Hànyǔ fāngyán de dìlǐ yǔyánxué yánjiū 汉语方言的地理语言学研究 [Studies in the Linguistic Geography of Chinese Dialects]. Běijīng 北京: Shāngwù yìnshūguǎn 商务印书馆, 253-264.
2012: "Dialect Transition Zones in Southern Jiangsu—A Close Range Examination." In Micro Views of Language Variation in Time and Space 語 言時空變異微觀. Edited by Chin-chuan Cheng 鄭錦全. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 49《語言暨語言學》專刊系列之四十九. Taiwan: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica 台灣:中央研究院語言研究所, 2012, pp. 253-294.
2011: "Hangzhou Storytelling and Songs." In Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature. Edited by Victor H. Mair and Mark Bender. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011, pp. 472-478.
2010: "The Rise of a New Urban Mandarin: Measuring the Outcome of Lexical Competition in the Contending Dialect Types of Jīntán County." In Industrialization and the Restructuring of Speech Communities in China and Europe. Edited by Marinus van den Berg 范德博 and Daming Xu 徐大明. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, pp. 191-235.
2010: "The Affiliation of the Yánzhōu Dialects From the Perspective of Common Dialectal Chinese 从汉语方言通音的角度考察严州方言的归属问题." In Studies in Honor of Jerry Norman 羅杰瑞先生七秩晉三壽慶論文集, edited by W. South Coblin and Ann O. Yue 柯蔚南、余藹芹 主編, published by the Ng Tor-tai Chinese Language Research Centre of the Institute of Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學中國文化研究所吳多泰中國語文研究中心, pp. 133-150.
2006: "Common Dialect Phonology in Practice -- Y. R. Chao's Field Methodology." In The Chinese Rime-Tables: Linguistic Philosophy and Historical-Comparative Phonology. Ed. by David Prager Branner. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2006, pp. 189-207.
2006: "How Rime Book Based Analyses Can Lead Us Astray." In The Chinese Rime-Tables: Linguistic Philosophy and Historical-Comparative Phonology. Ed. by David Prager Branner. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2006, pp. 171-181.
2004: "A Syllabary for 'Jiangsu shin tzyhmuu [New phonetic letters for Jiangsu].'" Jointly authored with Shi Rujie. In "Wuyeu dwuben" onsei dēta no sakusei to kōkai [Compilation and publication of data for the Wu dialect reader]. Fukuoka University Research Reports for 2004, No. 14510491, pp. 1-10.
2004: "Institute of Linguistics--Yuyan yanjiusuo (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing)." In Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture. Edited by Edward L. Davis. London and New York: Routledge, 2004. (1 page entry.)
2003: “The Relationship of Wu and Mandarin Dialects in History: Assessing Change and Influence across Space and Time.” In Wuyeu yanjiu [Studies in Wu Dialects], Vol 2, edited by Shanghai shyh yeuwen shyuehuey [Shanghai city linguistics association] and Hong Kong yeuwen shyuehuey [Hong Kong linguistics association], 2003, pp. 31-43.
2002: "A Gauchwen Village Dialect: Chyanshiyau tsuen [The Village Chyanshiyau]." In Short Chinese Dialect Reports 1, edited by David Prager Branner. The Yuen Ren Society Treasury of Chinese Dialect Data series, vol. III, 2002, pp. 155-256.
1999: "On Chinese Dialect Classification -- A Case Study Examining the Relationship of the Harngjou and Jennjiang Dialects" In Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification. Ed. by R. VanNess Simmons. Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series, Number 15, 1999, pp. 204-234.
1995: "Distinguishing Characteristics of the Hangzhou Dialect." Wuyu yanjiu [Studies of the Wu Dialects]. Ed. by Eric Zee. New Asia Academic Bulletin, Vol. XI. Hong Kong: New Asia College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995, pp. 383-98.
Articles in Refereed Journals
2017: “Whence Came Mandarin? Qīng Guānhuà, the Běijīng Dialect, and the National Language Standard in Early Republican China.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 137.1, 2017, 63-88.
2016: “ ‘Pǔtōnghuà’ cóng hé ér lái? --Qīng Guānhuà, Běijīnghuà hé mínchū Guóyǔ” “普通话”从何而来?--清官话、北京话和民初国语 "Seeking the Origin of Modern Standard Chinese: Qing Dynasty Mandarin, the Beijing Dialect, and the National Language of Republican China (1912-1949)." Yǔyán guīhuà xué yánjiū 语言规划学研究 Journal of Language Planning, 2016.2: 5-21.
2016: "The Evolution of the Chinese Sìhū 四呼 Concept of Syllable Classification." In Historiographia Linguistica, 43.3, 2016, 251–284.
2016: "The Dōngběi varieties of Mandarin: a brief look at their history and classification." In the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 26.1, 2016, 56–80.
2011: "Mixed Mandarin & Wú—Dialects of Jìngjiāng Island 靖江方言的性质." In Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics 中國語言學集刊 5.2, 2011.9, 69-101.
2007: "Perspectives on the history of Guānhuà -- Thoughts upon reading W. South Coblin's studies of nányīn and běiyīn." In Modern Chinese phonology: from Guānhuà to Mandarin. By W. South Coblin. Collection des Cahiers de linguistique - Asie Oriental, 11. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale. Paris, 2007, 79-92.
2007: "Isoglosses at the Boundary of Jiang-Huai Mandarin and Wu Dialects in Jiangsu 江苏境内长江两岸江淮官话与吴语边界的同言线." With Gu Qian 顾黔 and Shi Rujie 石汝杰. Studies in Language and Linguistics 语言研究 27.3, 2007.9, 14-25.
2003: "A Late Ching Wu Dialect Writing System — Ju Wenshyong’s 'Jiangsu shin tzyhmuu [New phonetic letters for Jiangsu].'" With Shi Rujie. In FULERC [Fukuoka University Language and Education Research Center]: Annual Review of Language Learning and Teaching, 2003.12, 25-32.
2003: “The Distribution of Northern and Southern Lexicon in Danyang and Dantwu – A Preliminary Investigation.” In Junggwo yeuwen yanjiu [Studies in Chinese Linguistics], a refereed journal published in Hong Kong, Serial No. 16 (2003, No. 2 [September]), 1-14.
1998: "Nantong and Harngjou Compared to Wu." Fangyan 方言 1998.2: 89-103.
1998: "A Second Look at the Tôwa sanyô: Clues to the Nature of the Guanhuah Studied by Japanese in the Early Eighteenth Century." Journal of the American Oriental Society 117.3 (Fall 1997): 419-26.
1996: "An Early Missionary Syllabary for the Hangzhou Dialect." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 59.3 (1996): 516-524.
1996: "A Dialect of the Harngjou Suburbs -- a Vocabulary for Jiangjiatarng." The Yuen Ren Society Treasury of Chinese Dialect Data. 2 (March 1996): 113-147.
1995: "A Recording of the Story and Song of a Venerable Harngjou Raconteur." The Yuen Ren Society Treasury of Chinese Dialect Data 1 (March 1995): 79-106.
1995: "The Oral Transmission of a Late Nineteenth Century Harngjou Lyric." CHINOPERL Papers 18 (1995): 45-59.
1995: "A Note on the Phonology of the Tôwa sanyô." Journal of the American Oriental Society 115.1 (Spring 1995): 26-32.
1992: "Hangzhou Storytellers and Their Art." Kai Pian: Chûgokugogaku kenkyû [Studies in Chinese Language] 9 (1992): 1-25.
1992: "Northern and Southern Forms in Hangzhou Grammar." Chinese Languages and Linguistics. Vol I: Chinese Dialects. Ed. by Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica. Symposium Series of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica. No. 2. Taipei: Academia Sinica, 1992. Pp. 539-561.
1991: "Hangzhou Oral Performances." Kai Pian: Chûgokugogaku kenkyû 8(1991): 34-37.
1989: "A Note on the Articulation of the -er Suffix in the Hangzhou Dialect." Fangyan 方言 1989.3: 180-81.
Published Conference Proceedings
1996: "The Grey Area Between Mandarin and Wu Dialects: A Report on the Preliminary Mandarin-Wu Classification." In Volume III of the Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics: Pan-Asiatic Linguistics, in Bangkok, Thailand, January 8-10, 1996, 1051-1076.
Reviews
2014: Review of Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China, by Robert Ford Campany. H-Asia, H-Net Reviews, 2014.4, URL: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=37812
2013: Review of A Cultural History of the Chinese Language, by Sharron Gu. H-Asia, H-Net Reviews, 2013.1, URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=36404
2012: Review of The Language of the Sangleys: A Chinese Vernacular in Missionary Sources of the Seventeenth Century, by Henning Klöter. In The Journal of Asian Studies 71.3, 2012, 775-776.
2012: Review of Confucius's Analects: an Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Culture, by Zu-yan Chen. In The Modern Language Journal 96, 2012, pp. 143-144.
2009: Review of A Systemic Functional Grammar of Chinese, by Eden Sum-hung Li. In The Modern Language Journal 93.1, 2009, pp. 125-126.
2005: Review of Difficult Characters: Interdisciplinary Studies of Chinese and Japanese Writing, ed. by Mary S. Erbaugh. In The Modern Language Journal. 87.3 (Autumn 2003): 478-79; and 89.1 (Spring 2005): 147-48.
2003: Review of The Physical Foundation of the Patterning of Physical Action Verbs: A Study of Chinese Verbs, by Gao Hong. In The Modern Language Journal. 87.3 (Autumn 2003): 476-77.
2002: Review of The Morphology of Chinese: A Linguistic and Cognitive Approach, by Jerome L. Packard. In The Modern Language Journal. 86.1 (Spring 2002): 139-140.
2001: Review of Problems in Comparative Dialectology: The Classification of Miin and Hakka, by David Prager Branner. In Journal of the American Oriental Society. 121.2 (Spring 2001): 322-324.
1998: Review of The Oral Tradition of Yangzhou Storytelling, by Vibeke Børdahl. Journal of Asian Studies. 56.3 (August 1997): 757-58.
Other Publications
2016: "Wǎn Qīng wǔ shēngdiào Guānhuà zhī yōushì dìwèi 晚清五声调官话之优势地位" [The prestige status of the five-tone Mandarin in the late Qīng]. In Lián Yìhuì 连谊慧, ed. "'Hàn mínzú gòngtóngyǔ' duōréntán ‘汉民族共同语’多人谈" [A collective discussion on the common Hàn language]. Chinese Jorunal of Language Policy and Planning (Yǔyán zhànlüè yánjiū 语言战略研究). 1.4, 2016, 64-65.
2011: Chinese translation of Jerry Norman 2006 "Common Dialectal Chinese 汉语方言通音." With Zhang Yanhong 张艳红. Fangyan 方言 2011.2, pp. 97-116. (Original English article appeared in The Chinese Rime-Tables: Linguistic Philosophy and Historical-Comparative Phonology, ed. by David Prager Branner. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2006, pp. 233-254.)
2010: Chinese translation of Jerry Norman 罗杰瑞 1994 "Pharyngealization in Early Chinese 早期汉语的咽化与腭化来源." With Gu Qian 顾黔 and Chen Tingting 陈婷婷. In 境外汉语音韵学论文选 Selected Readings in Chinese Historical Phonology [by Scholars Outside China]. Edited by Pan Wuyun 潘悟云. 国际汉藏语研究译丛 [International Research in Sino-Tibetan Languages Translation Series]. Shanghai: Educational Publishing House 上海教育出版社, 2010, pp. 211-231. (Original English article appeared in the Journal of the American Oriental Society, 114.3, 1994.)
1992: Modern Chinese Prose. Edited by Marvin M.K. Li. Taipei: Pyramid Press, 1992. Simmons provided all the translations for this collection of ten short stories.
Textbooks
1990: Richard VanNess Simmons, Marvin M.K. Li. Chinese-English Translation -- Intermediate. Taipei: Pyramid Press, 1990.
1990: Richard VanNess Simmons, Marvin M.K. Li, and James Anderson. Writing--Intermediate. Taipei: Pyramid Press, 1990.
Works in Progress
2010: Syllabary of Common Dialectal Chinese 汉语方言通音字表. This will be a monograph length syllabary and analysis of the phonological system developed by Jerry Norman, that provides an outline of an earlier historical stage of the Chinese dialects and detailed presentation of their overlapping influences and relationships.
2010: Wu Dialect Grammar. With Shi Rujie. Commissioned by Lincom-Europa.
1993: Jin Ping Mei cihui suoyin [An Annotated Glossary to Jin Ping Mei]. With Zhang Huiying of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Linguistics, Beijing. Simmons provided English annotations for each entry in this manuscript, an exhaustive treatment of the language of Jin Ping Mei [The Plum in the Golden Vase], a 17th century Chinese novel.
Scholarship Other
2008: Editorial Board for the Linguistic Atlas of Chinese Dialects 汉语方言地图集 (2001-2008). Cao Zhiyun 曹志耘, chief editor. Beijing: The Commercial Press, published in November 2008. Contains 510 maps in three 17" x 13" volumes: Phonetics, Lexicon, Grammar. Based on surveys of 930 sites throughout greater China where Hàn dialects are spoken.
Overseas Study and Research
2006: Dialect Fieldwork in China and Taiwan for the Linguistic Atlas of Chinese Dialects 汉语方言地图集, 2005-2006.
2004: Dialect Fieldwork in China for the project entitled "Investigation of the Boundary between Wu and Jiang-Huai Dialects," 1999-2004.
1996: Dialect fieldwork focusing on Mandarin and Wu dialects in the Yangtze Valley region of China, under the auspices of the National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China and in affiliation with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, Summers 1995 and 1996.
1991: Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, September 1990-June 1991.
1990: Center For Chinese Studies, National Central Library, Taipei, as a translator, November 1989-June 1990.
1989: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Linguistics, Beijing, as a researcher in Chinese dialectology and language history, August 1988-June 1989.
1983: National Taiwan University, Taipei, as a regularly enrolled student in the Department of Chinese, September 1982-June 1983.
1983: Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, September 1981-June 1983.
1980: Intensive Chinese in Beijing at Peking University, Summer 1980, offered jointly by the Council on International Educational Exchange and the University of Washington.
 
  Funding
Internally-Funded Research and/or Training Grants
2016-ongoing: Grant from the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University to hosting of the 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, to be held at Rutgers University, June 16-18-2017. Simmons is the grantee and principal investigator for this project.
2016-ongoing: Grant from the Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies to hosting of the 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, to be held at Rutgers University, June 16-18, 2017. Simmons is the grantee and principal investigator for this project.
01/2016-06/2016: Grant from the Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies to support project titled "International Workshop on the History of Colloquial Chinese — Written and Spoken" held at Rutgers University, March 11-12, 2016. Simmons is the grantee and principal investigator for this project.
01/2012-ongoing: SAS Entrepreneurial Program grant to establish Master’s level graduate program in East Asian Languages and Culture., Richard V. Simmons and Wendy Swartz
1997: Undergraduate Curriculum Seed Grant for a project entitled "Integrating Computerized Audio-Visual Language Resources into the East Asian Language Distance Learning Curriculum (Chinese)." With Ching-I Tu. Awarded by the Vice President for Undergraduate Education in New Brunswick for January-June 1997. (Grant amount unavailable.)
1998: The Rutgers Research Council publication subvention for the project Monograph: Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification, to publish a collection of papers edited by Simmons. (Declined.), Richard V. Simmons
Externally-Funded Research and/or Training Grants
01/2016-06/2016: Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, USA (蔣經國國際學術交流基金會) grant to support project titled "International Workshop on the History of Colloquial Chinese — Written and Spoken" held at Rutgers University, March 11-12, 2016. Simmons is the grantee and principal investigator for this project.
07/2007-08/2010: Chinese on the Rise: A Collaborative Proposal For Coordinated Initiatives to Enhance and Expand The Training of K-12 Chinese Language Teachers Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Richard V. Simmons, Mary Curran, Ching-I Tu, Marion Yudow
1999-2005: The Henry Luce Foundation U.S. China Cooperative Research Program grant to support a project entitled Investigation of the Boundary between Wu and Jiang-Huai Dialects. Simmons was the principal investigator (Director) for this cooperative project, and worked with Dr. Gu Qian of Nanjing University, Co-Director in China, Dr. Zhiqiang Yu of Baruch College (CUNY), and Professor Shi Rujie of Suzhou University. The project investigated, analyzed, and classified Mandarin and Wu dialects in the villages and countryside of the Yangtze valley region of China. The original funding period was 1999-2001. A two year extension was granted for 2002-2003 and renewed for 2004-2005., Richard V. Simmons
1998: Chiang Ching-kuo Scholarly Publications Grant for the project Monograph: Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification, to publish a collection of papers edited by Simmons., Richard V. Simmons
 
  Honors and Awards
Professional Awards and Honors
2014: Travel Grant from the conference organizers to attend the 10th International Symposium on Taiwanese Languages and Teaching held at National Chung Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, October 25-26, 2014.
2007: Travel Grant from Academia Sinica in Taiwan to attend the International Symposium on Microscopic Views of Language Distribution (語言微觀分佈國際研討會), hosted by the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, sponsored by the Linguistic Society of Taiwan, September 28-29, 2007.
2007: Travel Grant from the International Institute for Asian Studies to attend the 5th International Urban Language Seminar on "Industrialization, Language Contact, and Identity Formation in China and Europe", at Leiden University, the Netherlands, July 9-11, 2007. I also served as advising faculty during sessions of a Master Class that was held in conjunction with this seminar.
2006: Awarded a Travel Grant from Yuan Ze University in Taiwan to attend the Conference & Workshop on Sociolinguistics and Functional Linguistics jointly held by Yuan Ze University and Chung-hsing University in Taiwan, in Chung-li and Tai-chung. November 5-7, 2006.
2005: Appointed Researcher in Chinese Linguistics by Special Appointment at the newly established Y.R. Chao Center in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, beginning Fall 2005.
2005: Received the Jiangsu Friendship Award in recognition of research cooperation with Nanjing University and scholarly contributions to the Province of Jiangsu. Conferred in Spetember 2005 by the provincial government in acknowledgment of cooperative work with colleagues at Nanjing University in researching and mapping the dialects of the province, for contributions to the training and guidance of Nanjing University graduate students in linguistic research and fieldwork, and for publications and academic presentations on the subject of the provincial dialects.
1999: 1999 Award for Outstanding Results in an Invitation of Foreign Experts, conferred by the Nanjing University Committee for Appraisal of International Cooperative Programs.
1996: American Council of Learned Societies travel grant to attend the Fourth International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics: Pan-Asiatic Linguistics, in Bangkok, Thailand, January 8-10, 1996 (funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences).
1993: Middlebury College Faculty Professional Development Grant, Spring 1993.
1991: Full tuition award, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, September 1990-June 1991.
1986: Tatsumi Award, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, April 1986.
1984: Chester Fritz Tuition Award, University of Washington, September 1983-June 1984 (declined).
1983: Republic of China Ministry of Education Grant for study at National Taiwan University, September 1982-June 1983.
1982: Full tuition award, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, September 1981-August 1982.
1981: Chester Fritz Tuition Award, University of Washington, Winter and Spring 1980 and academic year 1980-81.
1980: Full scholarship for Intensive Chinese in Beijing (CIEE Program) awarded by the School of International Studies, University of Washington, Summer 1980.
1980: Honors Committee Certificate for High Scholarship, University of Washington, 1979-80.
1979: Honor Roll of Phi Kappa Phi, 1979.
1979: University of New Mexico College Honor Roll, 1978-79.
Fellowships
The Starr Foundation East Asian Studies Endowment Fund support for membership at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, for Spring 2015. Project title: "The Story of Mandarin—a comprehensive history and description."
Taiwan Studies Faculty Research Award program for Americans, sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. Short-term fellowship for two weeks of research in Taiwan, December 2005. Grant was administered by the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Project title: "Local Variations and Trends in Spoken Mandarin."
Lilly Endowment Inc. Teaching Fellowship for the academic year 1996-97. Awarded by the Teaching Excellence Center of Rutgers University. Project title: "A Multimedia Approach to Teaching Elementary Chinese."
Committee on Scholarly Communication with China six-month research fellowship under the 1995-96 National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China for research done in affiliation with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Research under this fellowship focused on Mandarin and Wu dialects in the Yangtze valley region of China, and was done in the Summers of 1995 and 1996.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program twelve month fellowship for research in China with the Beijing Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, academic year 1988-89, and in Japan at Waseda University, Summer 1989.
Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China senior advanced research fellowship awarded by the National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China under the National Academy of Sciences, academic year 1988-89.
Hsiao Kung-chüan Fellowship, China Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, academic year 1987-88.
National Resource Fellowship (FLAS), University of Washington, Summer 1984 and academic years 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, and 1987-88 (final year declined).
 
  Conference Presentations, Lectures, Demonstrations
Keynote or Plenary Addresses
2016: “Yǔyán shǐ, yǔyánxué shǐ hé yǔyán zīyuán de yìyì, cóng sìhū de yǎnjìn shǐ shuōqǐ 语言史、语言学史和语言资源的意义,从四呼的演进史说起” [On the Evolution of the Sìhū and the Importance of Historical Linguistic Resources]. Plenary presentation at the Third International Conference on Chinese Language Resources (CLR-3), hosted by Húnán Normal University, Chángshā, China, September 22-25, 2016.
2015: “Teaching Pronunciation and Grammar – Tricks and Keys, Part 2.” Keynote presented by invitation at the K-12 Chinese-Language Teachers Roundtable hosted by the New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation and Seton Hall University, November 14, 2015.
2014: "Dating the Formation of Mandarin Varieties — historical and geographical perspectives 从历史和地理的角度考察官话方言区的形成年代." Read at the closing plenary of the Third International Conference on Chinese Geolinguistics 第三届中国地理语言学国际学术研讨会, hosted by Jinan University 暨南大学 and Foshan Institute of Technology 佛山科技学院, August 9, 2014.
2013: “Teaching Pronunciation and Grammar – Tricks and Keys, Part 1.” Keynote presented by invitation at the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York 2013 Annual Conference held in conjunction with the 11th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese hosted by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Seton Hall University in partnership with Nanjing University, China, May 4-5, 2013. Also presented as keynote by invitation at the K-12 Chinese-Language Teachers Roundtable hosted by the New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation and Seton Hall University, February 22, 2014.
2012: "Aspect in Old Hángzhōu 老派杭州方言时体系统举例." Presented at the plenary by invitation at the International Conference on Aspectual Systems in Chinese Dialects 汉语方言时体系统国际学术研讨会, Central Mínzú University 中央民族大学, Beijing, China, November 10-11, 2012.
2012: "Toward a Deeper Historical Perspective on the Geographical Subgrouping of Mandarin Dialects 从语音史的角度看官话方言的地理分布." Read at the opening plenary session of the 2nd International Conference on Chinese Geolinguistics (CGL-2) 第二届中国地理语言学国际学术研讨会, Nanjing University 南京大学, China, October 19-20, 2012.
2010: "Exploring Geographical Variation and Historical Change in the Northern Wú Dialects 北部吴语的地理与长江流域历史和地理的演变." Presented by invitation at The First International Conference on Chinese Geolinguistics 首届中国地理语言学国际学术研讨会 (CGL-1) hosted by Beijing Languages and Cultures University 北京语言大学, November 21-22, 2010.
2006: "Using Lexical Surveys to Outline a Dialect's Phonology 怎麼樣通過詞彙調查方言音系." Presented by invitation at the Conference & Workshop on Sociolinguistics and Functional Linguistics jointly held by Yuan Ze University and Chung-hsing University in Taiwan, in Chung-li and Tai-chung (「社會語言學與功能語言學」研討會元智大學中國語文學系、新竹教育大學語文學系 舉辦), November 5-7, 2006.
Invited Addresses
2017: "The Charms of Mandarin in the Qīng and the Key to Northern and Southern Guānhuà." A reading presentation given by invitation at the Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium, at Cornell University, April 14, 2017.
2016: “The Evolution of the Common Mandarin Standard from the Míng Dynasty into the 20th Century.” Presented by invitation at the 2016-2017 Speakers Series of the International Linguistic Association (ILA), at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, December 10, 2016.
2016: "Koinēs and Multilingualism in China in the Sòng through the Qīng (10th through 19th centuries)." Discussed by invitation at the the third meeting of the Thinking in Many Tongues Reading Seminar, held at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, June 27-29, 2016.
2016: “Lǐ Rǔzhēn’s Guānhuà Phonology and the Divergent and Competing Guānhuà Standards of the 19th Century 李汝珍 (c. 1763–1830) 的官话音系和19世纪官话的分歧与竞争.” Discussed at two different venues at Nánkāi University in Tiānjīn, China, June 1-3, 2016.
2016: "The evolution of Mandarin as reflected in the history of the sìhū 四呼." Presented by invitation at the Center for Comparative Literature at National Tsing Hua University, in Hsin-chu, Taiwan, May 26, 2016.
2016: "Spoken Mandarin in the Míng." Presented by invitation at the 2016 meeting of the Society for Ming Studies held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies, in Seattle, April 1, 2016.
2015: "On the Mandarin in the Novel Jìng huā yuán by Lǐ Rǔzhēn of the Qīng Dynasty 清朝李汝珍的官话音系 —《镜花缘》里的官话韵味."Presented by invitation at Hunan University in Changsha, China, October, 18, 2015, at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, October 20, 2015, and at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, November 6, 2015.
2015: "Guānhuà and Mandarin—Views of China's Informal Language Standard in the Late Qīng." Presented at Pace University at the invitation of the Renwen Society of the China Institute, New York City, October 3, 2015 and at Beijing Languages and Cultures University, Beijing, China, November 5, 2016.
2015: "Chinese and Western Understanding of China's Standard Language in the Late 19th Century." Presented by invitation at the International Symposium On Language Diversity in the Sinophone World, Göttingen University, Göttingen, Germany, 11-13 June 2015.
2014: "Historical and Phonological Factors in the Subgrouping of Mandarin Dialects." Presented by invitation at National Hsinchu University of Education, Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 23, 2014.
2014: "How Understanding the Structure of the Language Can Facilitate Teaching It." Presented by invitation at National Hsinchu University of Education, Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 23, 2014, and at Huaxia Chinese School Teachers' Conference, Somerset, New Jersey, November 15, 2014.
2014: "A Brief History of the Notation of Tone in Chinese."Presented by invitation at the Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, October 17, 2014.
2014: "The interplay between a teacher's grammatical competence and the students' communicative success in teaching and learning Chinese." Discussed by invitation at the seminar on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at William Patterson University, August 22, 2014.
2009: "Two Generations of a Jìngjiāng Village Dialect." Presented by invitation at Stony Brook University's Department of Asian and Asian American Studies Colloquium Series, March 24, 2009.
2008: "Research on the Chinese Language in the U.S. 美国的汉语研究" Presented by invitation at the Changzhou Institute of Technology 常州工学院, Changzhou, China, June 24, 2008.
2006: "Competition among Dialects and Prestige Languages 方言與優勢語言的競爭." Presented by invitation at the Conference & Workshop on Sociolinguistics and Functional Linguistics jointly held by Yuan Ze University and Chung-hsing University in Taiwan, in Chung-li and Tai-chung (「社會語言學與功能語言學」研討會元智大學中國語文學系、新竹教育大學語文學系 舉辦), November 5-7, 2006.
2004: "Phonological and Lexical Isoglosses in Danyang." Given as invited speaker to the Second Annual Symposium on the Study of Urban Languages at the First Anniversary Celebration of the Sociolinguistics Laboratory of Nanjing University, Nanjing University, June 15, 2004.
Papers, Abstracts, and Lectures
2017: "Studies in the History and Geography of Mandarin and the Chinese Dialects." A set of two lectures given by invitation at Shaanxi Normal University 陕西师范大学 in Xi'an, China, May 31 and June 2, 2017.
2017: "Rhyming In the Zhōngyuán yīnyùn: The Yuán origins of a Guānhuà koiné and the historical Mandarin norm." Presented at the 62nd Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, held at the City University of Hong Kong, May 26-28, 2017.
2017: "Regional Rhyming and the Zhōngyuán yīnyùn Standard: influences across time and space." Presented at the 227th Meeting of the American Oriental Society in Los Angeles, March 17–20, 2017.
2017: “An Exploration of the Influences of Traditional Chinese Phonology on Nicolas Trigault’s Xīrú ěrmù zī 西儒耳目資 in the 16th Century.” Given at The 2017 meeting of the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), Austin, Texas, January 5-8, 2017.
2016: “A Closer Look at Lǐ Rǔzhēn’s 李汝珍 (c. 1763–1830) Mixed Mandarin Phonology.” Read at The 2016 meeting of The Western Branch of the American Oriental Society, Portland, Oregon, October 20-22, 2016.
2016: “Cóng lìshǐ bǐjiàofǎ lái kàn Zhōngyuán yīnyùn bèijǐng fāngyán de yī̠jiǎo 从历史比较法来看《中原音韵》背景方言的一角” [The Dialect Background of the Zhōngyuán yīnyùn from a Historical-Comparative Perspective]. Given at the Seventh International Conference on China’s Northwest Dialects and Local Customs 第七届西北方言与民俗国际学术研讨会, hosted by Yán’ān University, Yán’ān, China, September 17-19, 2016.
2016: “Zǎoqī guānhuà tōng yǔ de duōyuánxìng: yǐ Yuándài de Zhōngyuán yīnyùn wéilì 早期官话通语的多元性:以元代的《中原音韵》为例” [The mixed nature of the Zhōngyuán yīnyùn and the broad regional base of the Yuán Guānhuà koiné]. Presented at the 24th annual meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguists, hosted by Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China, July 17-19, 2016.
2016: "Guānhuà yǎnjìnshǐ yǔ 'sìhū' de xíngchéng 官話演進史與'四呼'的形成" [The origin of the Sìhū Concept of Syllable Classification in the history of Mandarin]. Presented at the Second International Forum of Advanced Chinese Studies International Business Chinese Teaching and Research 第二届“中文前沿”国际论坛·商务汉语教学研究国际研讨会 hosted by the University of International Business and Economics 对外经济贸易大学, in Běijīng, July 9, 2016.
2016: "Western Perspectives on the Chinese Language." A series of lectures and seminars presented by invitation at Beijing University of International Business and Economics 对外经济贸易大学, July 4-15, 2016.
2016: "Shíjiǔ shìjì Guānhuà de fēnqí yǔ jìngzhēng: wǎn Qīng wǔ shēngdiào Guānhuà zhī yōushì dìwèi 19世纪官话的分歧与竞争:晚清五声调官话之优势地位" [Divergent and competing Guānhuà standards in the 19th century: the prestige status of the five-tone Mandarin in the late Qīng]. Presented at the Hàn mínzú gòngtóngyǔ yántǎohuì 汉民族共同语研讨会 [Symposium on the common language of the Hàn], held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, June 6, 2016.
2016: "Western Studies in the History of Chinese and Chinese Dialects: Approaches and Methods 西方汉语史与方言的研究:角度和方法." Series of four graduate seminar lectures given at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, June 6-13, 2016.
2016: "Veiled Innovations in the Zhōngyuán yīnyùn: Did a mixed Guānhuà koiné make its way into Yuán drama?" Presented at the 226th Meeting of the American Oriental Society in Boston, March 18–21, 2016.
2016: "Lán Mào’s Yùnlüè yìtōng and the Evolution of Guānhuà in the Míng Dynasty (1368-1644)." Presented at the "International Workshop on the History of Colloquial Chinese — Written and Spoken 白話和官話的歷史以及方言的歷史文獻國際研討會," held at Rutgers University March 11-12, 2016.
2016: "Guānhuà and Mandarin ‐ Qīng Views of Language in Society." Presented at the Workshop on "Ways of Belonging in Late Imperial and Modern China" sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU) and the Institute of Modern History of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and held at Rutgers University, February 12‐13, 2016.
2016: "The Origin of the Chinese Sìhū Concept of Syllable Classification in the Míng Dynasty (1368-1644)." Given at the 2016 meeting of the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, in Washington, DC, 7-10 January 2016.
2015: "Western Studies in the History of Chinese 西方汉语史的研究:阅读、理解和翻译." Series of seminar lectures given at Minzu University in Beijing, China, October 27, 28, 29 and November 3, 4, 5, 2015.
2015: "Mandarin and the Dialect of Chángshā: exploring the influence of a prestige dialect 官话方言和长沙话:探讨优势方言的影响力." Presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Xiāng Dialects held at Hunan University in Changsha, China, October 16-18, 2015.
2015: "Lǐ Rǔzhēn’s Discriminating Appraisal of Pronunciations and the Continuity of the Mixed Guānhuà Koiné in the Late Qīng." Given at Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Western Branch, hosted by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado, Boulder, October 9-10, 201.
2015: "Frontier Mandarin Communities in the Míng and Qīng." Presented at the 13th Urban Language Seminar (ULS13), held at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China, August 10-13, 2015.
2015: "Exploring the History of Mandarin, China's Standard Language." Given at the Rutgers-Jinlin University Joint Forum in Chinese Studies, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 9, 2015.
2015: "Language Policy: Historical trends and practical realities in the establishment of China’s standard language––
Where Did Modern Standard Chinese Come From?" Presented at the 60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association held at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, April 24-26, 2015.
2015: "Colloquial Mandarin in Outlying Regions in the Míng and Qīng." Presented at the East Asian Studies Seminar at the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study, March 30, 2015.
2015: "Frontier Mandarin Varieties from the Míng and Qīng." Given at the 225th Meeting of the American Oriental Society in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 13-16, 2015.
2014: "A Field Study of Mǐn Dialect Pronunciation in the Taiwanese Immigrant Population in the U.S. 美國之台灣移民閩南語語言的調查研究." Jointly presented with Shu-chuan Chen 陳淑娟, at the 10th International Symposium on Taiwanese Languages and Teaching held at National Chung Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, October 25-26, 2014.
2014: "History of the Mandarin Vernaculars—a long view in broad strokes." Presented at at the Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Western Branch, Stanford University, October 30 to November 1, 2014.
2014: "Western Perspectives on the Chinese Language." A series of lectures and seminars presented at Beijing University of International Business and Economics 对外经济贸易大学, July 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2014.
2014: "A Brief History of Tonal Spelling for Chinese." Presented at the 224th Meeting of the American Oriental Society in Phoenix, Arizona, March 14-17, 2014.
2013: "Whence Came Mandarin? Late Qīng Guānhuà, the Běijīng Dialect, and the National Language Standard in Early Republican China." Given at the 2013 meeting of the American Oriental Society, Western Branch, in Victoria, British Columbia, October 3-5, 2013. Also presented by invitation from the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa, February 27, 2014 and by invitation at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, April 14, 2014.
2013: "Lán-qīng Guānhuà and the Mandarin Standard in China, 1913 to the 1920’s." Presented at the Urban Language Seminar (ULS) 11: Media and Language, held at Hiroshima City Cultural Exchange Hall, organized by Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan, August 17-18, 2013.
2013: "Historical Perspectives on the Geographical Subgrouping of Mandarin Dialects: Developments in the Common Dialectal Chinese Alveopalatals." Discussed at the Jerry Norman Memorial Workshop, hosted by the University of Washington, Seattle, June 28-29, 2013.
2013: "The Dōngběi varieties of Mandarin: a preliminary history & classification." Presented at the 25th annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL–25), hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June 21-23, 2013.
2013: "A Brief History of the Notation of Tone in Chinese." Read at the 223rd Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Portland, Oregon, March 15-18, 2013.
2012: "Mandarin Varieties: the Colloquial Chinese of Northeast China and its Subgroups." Presented at the Urban Language Seminar (ULS) 10: Managing Linguistic Diversities, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, August 17-19, 2012.
2012: "A Comparative Look at Common Southern Jiāng-Huái and the Southern Mandarin Influences in Hé Xuān's Yùn shǐ 何萱的《韵史》." Given at the 222nd Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Boston, Massachusetts, March 16-19, 2012.
2011: "Dialect and Local Idiom in Dōngběi Èrrénzhuàn 东北二人转." Presented at the 2011 meeting of the American Oriental Society, Western Branch, in Santa Barbara, California, October 14-15, 2011.
2011: "Chinese Dialect Islands." Read at the 221st Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Chicago, Illinois, March 11-14, 2011.
2010: "Effectively Representing Tone in Romanization of Taiwanese and the Shànghǎi Dialects." Presented at the 8th International Symposium on Taiwanese Languages and Teaching 第八屆臺灣語言及其教學國際學術研討會 hosted by National United University 國立聯合大學, Miaoli, Taiwan, October 15-16, 2011.
2010: "Tone as an Areal Feature and a Classificatory Criterion in Chinese Dialects." Given at the Workshop On Chinese Dialects, Phonology, and Lexicography, hosted by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University, May 1, 2010.
2010: "Recent Developments and Findings in the Study of Dialects in China." With Xiaodong Huang. Presented at the 55th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, in cooperation with the American Dialect Society (Northeast Region), at the State University of New York at New Paltz, April 15-17, 2010.
2010: "More on the Shànghǎi Dialect: thrashing out a grammar that works for learners." Presented at The 220th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, St. Louis, Missouri, March 12-15, 2010.
2009: "Mixed Mandarin & Wú—The Formation of the Dialect of Jìngjiāng Island." Given at the 6th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, hosted by the Institute of Linguistics at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, August 26-28, 2009.
2009: "Romanizations of the Shànghǎi Dialect—What Works for Learners?" Read at the 219th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 11-15, 2009
2008: "A Core Sample of a Dialect Transition Zone in the Lower Yangtze Watershed." Given at the 2008 meeting of The American Oriental Society, Western Branch, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, October 24-25, 2008.
2008: "The Jìngjiāng 靖江 Dialect Across Time." Read at the 6th Urban Language Seminar, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, July 10-13, 2008.
2008: "Two Generations of a Jìngjiāng Village Dialect." Presented at the 218th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Chicago, Illinois, March 14-17, 2008.
2007: "The Jeasheh 假摄 Vowel Shift: Comparing Common Northern Wu and Common Southern Jiang-Hwai with Common Dialectal Chinese—Using Vowel and Final Contrasts to Characterize and Identify Dialect Affiliation." Given at the 2007 meeting of the American Oriental Society, Western Branch, hosted by the University of California, Irvine, October 12-13 2007.
2007: "Experiences And Lessons Learned In Village-To-Village Surveys In Jiāngsū 江蘇農村方言調查研究﹣﹣經歷和評估." Presented at the International Symposium on Microscopic Views of Language Distribution 語言微觀分佈國際研討會 hosted by the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, September 28-29, 2007
2007: "Jerry Norman's Common Dialectal Chinese -- A Tool for Exploring Dialect Relationships 罗杰瑞的汉语方言共同音系 - '汉语方言通音'研究." Given at the 3rd International Conference on Jin Dialects 第三届晋方言国际学术研讨会, Taiyuan, Shanxi 山西太原, China, August 11-12, 2007.
2007: "Measuring Lexical Competition in the Four Contending Dialect Types of Jiītán County." Read at the 5th International Urban Language Seminar on the topic of Industrialization, Language Contact, and Identity Formation in China and Europe, Leiden University, the Netherlands, 9-11 July, 2007.
2006: "Problems and Discoveries in Fleshing Out Jerry Norman's Common Dialectal Chinese." Presented at the 216th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Seattle, March 17-20, 2006.
2005: "Dialect Vocabulary in Mandarin." Presented at the 2005 meeting of the WBAOS (American Oriental Society, Western Branch) at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, November 4-6, 2005.
2005: "Shared Dialect Vocabulary at the Border of Mandarin and Wu in Jiangsu." Presented at the 13th National (China) Conference on Dialectology in conjunction with the International Conference on Chinese Dialect Research at Suzhou University, China, September 23-25, 2005.
2005: "Choosing Language And Identity: Competition Between Mandarin & Wú in Jīntán County and the Shift of the Dominant Patois in the County Seat." Given at the 3rd Urban Language Survey Seminar (ULS-2005) at Nanjing University, China, June 25-26, 2005.
2005: "Ancient Elements in the Recent Evolution of the Chinese Script." Presented to the Plenary Session (Topic: "Scripts and Writing") of the 215th Meeting of the American Oriental Society in Philadelphia, March 18-21, 2005.
2005: "The Delights of Dialect Fieldwork: Discoveries Made at a Taixing Memorial to a Hero of the Korean War." Presented at the 215th Meeting of the American Oriental Society in Philadelphia, March 18-21, 2005.
2004: "Mandarin Dialect Islands in Jintarn County, Jiangsu, China." Given at the 37th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, University of Lund, Sweden, October 1-3, 2004.
2004: "The Geographic Range of the Nantong-Tongjou Vowel Shift." Presented at the12th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, June 17-21, 2004.
2004: "Seeking Tone Isoglosses in Danyang and Neighboring Counties in Jiangsu, China." Presented at the 214th Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Diego, California, March 12-15, 2004.
2003: "Do Mandarin and Wu Isoglosses Cross the Yangtze?" Presented at the 2003 meeting of the American Oriental Society, Western Branch, University of California, Berkeley, October 10-12, 2003.
2003: "Mapping Dialect Mixture in Tongjou and Lihshoei Counties - How Dialect Geography Reveals Language History." Presented at the meeting of the Yuen Ren Society held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society in Nashville, Tennessee, April 4-7, 2003.
2002: "Common Southern Jiang-Hwai Mandarin." Given at the 35th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics held at Arizona State University, November 7-10, 2002.
2002: "Northern and Southern Lexicon in Danyang and Dantu." Presented at the First International Conference on Chinese Sociolinguistics, organized by Beijing Languages and Cultures University, Beijing, China, September 6-9, 2002.
2002: "Distinguishing Aerial and Classificatory Features in Chinese Dialect Field Research." Given at the 11th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, held at Aichi Prefectural University, Nagoya, Japan, August 20-22, 2002.
2001: "An Unusual Mandarin Dialect -- The Village of Shoetair in Dantwu County, Jiangsu Province." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Branch of the American Oriental Society, hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles, October 12-14, 2001.
2001: "Questions of History and Diversity in the Classification of Wu and Mandarin Dialects." Given at the Second International Conference on Wu Dialects hosted by Suzhou University, Suzhou, China, March 23-26, 2001.
2000: "A How Local is Local -- Thoughts on the Hidden Influence of the Prestige Vernacular in Minor Locales." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Oriental Society, Western Branch, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, November 16-19, 2000.
2000: "What Kind of 'History of Chinese' Are We Trying to Recover?" Presented at the Symposium on the History of Spoken Chinese. Held in conjunction with the 210th meeting of the American Oriental Society in Portland, Oregon, March 12-15, 2000.
1999: "Report on the Project to Investigate the Boundary between Wu and Jiang-Hwai Dialects." Presented at the 32nd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 28-31, 1999.
1999: "A Late Ching Wu Dialect Writing System," Conference on the Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Characters at the University of Pennsylvania, April 30-May 2, 1999, with Shi Rujie of Suzhou University.
1999: "A Comparative Model for the Classification of Wu Dialects," Annual Conference of the Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork, Rutgers University, March 6, 1999.
1999: "The Biggest Picture in the Shortest Time -- Y. R. Chao's Approach to Fieldwork," North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Los Angeles, January 8-9, 1999.
1998: "Doing Fieldwork with an Eye on the Common Dialect Phonology -- Y. R. Chao's Methodology as Revealed in His Harngjou Field Notes." Presented at the International Symposium on Linguistic Change and the Chinese Dialects Dedicated to the Memory of the Late Professor Li Fang-kuei at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, August 17-19, 1998.
1998: "How Rime Book Based Analyses Can Lead Us Astray." Presented at the symposium on Chinese historical phonology entitled "New Views of the Philosophy Underlying the Chinese Rime Tables," held at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2, 1998.
1998: "Development of Multimedia Chinese Courseware." Discussed at the conference on Chinese Language Instruction: Materials and Pedagogy, at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, April 25, 1998.
1998: "Jintarn, a Town of Two Dialects." Read at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Washington D.C., March 26-29, 1998.
1998: "Old Jintarn-Danyang Affiliation: Their Common System and Correlation with Common Northern Wu." Presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork, Seattle, Washington, February 7, 1998.
1997: "Comparing the Nantong and Harngjou Dialects with Wu." Presented at the First International Conference on Mandarin Dialects, jointly sponsored by Shandong University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Qingdao, China, July 22-24, 1997.
1997: "The Mixed Nature of Gauchwen Affiliation." Delivered at the University of Pennsylvania Conference on the Local Languages and Local Cultures of China, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 27, 1997.
1997: "A Gauchwen Village Dialect: Chyanshiyau tsuen." Discussed at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork, Seattle, Washington, March 24, 1997.
1996: "A Comparative Sample of the Dialects of Southern Jiangsu and Northern Jehjiang." Presented at the Institute of Linguistics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, August 8, 1996.
1996: "On Chinese Dialect Classification." Delivered at the 206th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17-20, 1996.
1996: "A Dialect of the Harngjou Suburbs -- a Vocabulary for Jiangjiatarng." Discussed at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17, 1996.
1996: "The Grey Area Between Mandarin and Wu Dialects: A Report on the Preliminary Mandarin-Wu Classification." Read at the Fourth International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics: Pan-Asiatic Linguistics, in Bangkok, Thailand, January 8-10, 1996.
1995: "The Dialect of Longjiing (Uengjiashan) and the Grey Area Between Mandarin and Wu Dialects." Presented at the 28th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 6-10, 1995.
1995: "A Recording of the Story and Song of a Venerable Harngjou Raconteur." Discussed at the Meeting of the Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork., Salt Lake City, Utah, March 27, 1995; and at the annual meeting of the Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature in Washington, D.C., April 6, 1995.
1995: "A Review of the Vocabulary and Usage of the Tôwa sanyô: The Nature of the Guanhuah Studied by Japanese in the Early Eighteenth Century." Delivered at the 205th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 26-29, 1995.
1994: "Field Criteria for Wu and Mandarin Taxonomy: Test Cases in Jehjiang." Presented at the 27th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics in Paris, France, October 12-16, 1994.
1994: "A Note on the Oral Transmission of a Late Nineteenth Century Harngjou Lyric." Discussed at the annual meeting of the Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 24, 1994.
1993: "The Phonology of the Tôwa sanyô in Comparative Perspective." Given at the 203rd meeting of the American Oriental Society in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 18-21, 1993.
1992: "The Classification of the Hangzhou Dialect." Discussed at a colloquium sponsored by the Yuen Ren Society at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, May 6, 1992.
1991: "An Early Missionary Syllabary for the Hangzhou Dialect." Presented at the 1991 annual meeting of the Western Branch of the American Oriental Society held at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, October 25-27, 1991.
1991: "Hangzhou Storytellers: Reflections of the Past and Present in a Continuing Tradition." Delivered at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, New Orleans, April 11-14, 1991.
1990: "Northern and Southern Forms in Hangzhou Grammar." Presented at the First International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics held at the Academia Sinica Institute of History and Philology, Taipei, Taiwan, July 20-22, 1990.
1990: "A Preliminary Outline of Hangzhou Phonology." Discussed at a conference on Chinese dialects hosted by Ray Iwata at Shizuoka University, Shizuoka, Japan, August 2-3, 1989.
1988: "Distinguishing Features of the Hangzhou Dialect." Presented at the International Conference on Wu Dialects held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, December 12-14, 1988.
1988: "Reflections of the Colloquial Language in the Writing of Han Yu (768-824)." Given at a colloquium on late traditional Chinese at the Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, October 11, 1988.
 
  Organizing and Chairing Activities
Participation in Organizing or Chairing Conferences, Workshops, and Organizations
06/2017: Organizer and host of the 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-29) held at Rutgers University, on June 16-18, 2017.
03/2016: Organizer and host of the "International Workshop on the History of Colloquial Chinese — Written and Spoken 白話和官話的歷史以及方言的歷史文獻國際研討會," held at Rutgers University March 11-12, 2016.
05/2011: Co-chair of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York's (CLTA-GNY) 9th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese, held at Rutgers University and jointly-hosted by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Rutgers University Confucius Institute. (Co-chaired with Shuming Lu of Brooklyn College.)
04/2011: Co-chair of the 56th annual conference of the International Linguistic Association (ILA), held at Rutgers University and jointly-hosted by the departments of Asian Languages and Cultures, AMESALL, and Spanish & Portuguese. (Co-chaired with with David Prager Branner, Grove School of Engineering, City College of New York.)
05/2010: Workshop On Chinese Dialects, Phonology, and Lexicography, hosted by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University, May 1, 2010.
10/2008: Panel on "Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures to Learners from Heritage Backgrounds," organized for the Teaching Asia Workshop: Teaching Asia Legacies of the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies, held at Rutgers University, October 24, 2008.
05/2004: Conference Chair, the 3rd Annual Conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York, at Rutgers University, May 1, 2004
11/2002: Panel on "Chinese Dialects and Their History," held at the International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics at Arizona State University, Nov. 7-10, 2002.
03/2000: Symposium on the History of Spoken Chinese. Held in conjunction with the 210th meeting of the American Oriental Society in Portland, Oregon, March 12-15, 2000. Jointly organized with David P. Branner.
03/1999: 5th Annual Meeting of the Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork. March 6, 1999 at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Jointly organized with David P. Branner.
03/1998: Panel on "Local Language in Local Chinese Culture," held at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Washington D.C., March 26-29, 1998, ten participants. Jointly organized with David P. Branner.
03/1996: Panel on Chinese Dialect Description, Comparison, and Classification, held at the 206th annual meeting of the American Oriental Society in Philadelphia, March 17-20, 1996, ten participants.
03/1995: Panel on the History of Mandarin, held at the 205th annual meeting of the American Oriental Society in Salt Lake City, March 26-29, 1995, four participants.
 
  Editorial Activities
Membership on Editorial Boards of Scholarly or Professional Journals
2010-ongoing: Review Referee, Language and Linguistics.
2010-ongoing: Review Referee, Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics.
2000-ongoing: Review Referee, The Modern Langauge Journal.
1995-ongoing: Review Referee, Yuen Ren Society Treasury of Chinese Dialect Data.
 
  Teaching Activities
Instructional Development
07/2010-07/2010: Taught a master class on “Linguistic Issues in Chinese Language Teaching” on July 23, 2010 at the Jilin University Summer Chinese Pedagogy Workshop (in Changchun, Jilin Province, China) to train Chinese language teachers who are being sent to teach Chinese at Confucius Institutes throughout the world, including those coming to the Confucius Institute at Rutgers University. Over 300 teachers from all over China attended the half-day master class (taught in Chinese).
07/2009-07/2009: Taught a master class on “Cultural and Linguistic Issues in Chinese Language Teaching” on July 24, 2009 at the Jilin University Summer Chinese Pedagogy Workshop (in Changchun, Jilin Province, China) to train Chinese language teachers who are being sent to teach Chinese at Confucius Institutes throughout the world, including those coming to the Confucius Institute at Rutgers University. Over 400 teachers from all over China attended the half-day master class (taught in Chinese).
Courses Taught
China’s Capitals Across Time and Their Linguistic and Cultural Impacts (01:090:294 Section 04), an Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar with an embedded study abroad trip to China, Rutgers University, Spring 2017
Elementary Chinese Conversation (01:165:103), Rutgers University, Winter 2006
Characteristics of the Chinese Language (01:165:210), Rutgers University, Fall 1994, Fall 1995, Fall 1996, Fall 1998, Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012
Elementary Chinese (01:165:101-102), Rutgers University, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, Spring 2003, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, Fall 2007
Chinese Literature in Translation I: Prose and Poetry (01:165:241), Rutgers University, Fall 1994
Chinese Literature in Translation II: Popular Fiction and Drama (01:165:242), Rutgers University, Spring 1994, Spring 1995, Spring 1996
Chinese Drama and Performing Arts (01:165:264), Rutgers University, Spring 1998, Spring 1999
Introduction to Classical Chinese (01:165:321), Rutgers University, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016
Introduction to Classical Chinese II (01:165:322), Rutgers University, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016
The Chinese Novel (01:165:410), Rutgers University, Spring 2000, Spring 2002
Chinese Dialects (01:165:425) Rutgers University, Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011
Advanced Chinese Grammar (01:165:430), Rutgers University, Fall 1997, Fall 1999, Spring 2001, Fall 2005, Summer 2009, Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014, Summer 2015
Advanced Topics In Chinese Languages And Linguistics (16:165:504), Rutgers University, Summer 2008, Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2015, Summer 2016
Third-year Chinese, Middlebury College, September 1992-May 1993
Chinese Classical Literature in Translation, Middlebury College, January-May 1993
The Chinese Storytelling Tradition, Middlebury College, January 1993
Traditional Chinese Fiction in Translation, Middlebury College, September-December 1992
First-year Intensive Chinese, University of Washington, June-August 1992
Third-year Chinese, University of Washington, April-June 1992
Second-year Classical Chinese, University of Washington, September 1991-March 1992
Second-year Intensive Chinese, University of Washington, June-August 1987
Third-year Chinese, University of Washington, April-June 1987
Third-year Intensive Chinese, University of Washington, June-August 1986
Second-year Intensive Chinese, University of Washington, June-August 1985
First-year Chinese, University of Washington, September 1983-June 1984
Special Courses Taught
Byrne First-year Seminar, "The Story of Mandarin." Rutgers University, Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
Aresty Undergraduate Research Assistants supervised, 2009-2010 (Youyou Ruan and Nian Zhou), 2010-2011 (Cathy Qi Guo), 2012-2013 (Emily Chen), 2013-2014 (Eden Lunde)
Byrne First-year Seminar (01:090:101), "The Emerging Dragon--Contemporary Western Perspectives on China." Rutgers University, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014
Rutgers Summer Study Abroad Program in China, Summers 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Distance Learning course in Elementary Chinese (Chinese 101-102) taught jointly in the Interactive Television Rooms of Rutgers' New Brunswick and Newark campuses, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, Spring 2003, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, Fall 2007
Curricular Development - Courses and Programs Developed
01/2014-05/2014: Developed and proposed new graduate course: Chinese Historical Phonology (16:217:536).
01/2014-05/2014: Developed and proposed new graduate course: Chinese Grammar(16:217:535).
01/2010-05/2010: Developed and proposed new course: Guided Research in China (01:165:393).
01/2009-05/2009: Developed and proposed new course: Basic Spoken Chinese (01:165:107-108).
09/2008-08/2009: Coordinated the relocation of the Rutgers Summer Study Abroad Program from Nanjing University to Jilin University.
01/2008-05/2008: Developed new course for MAT in Chinese: Advanced Topics in Chinese Language and Linguistics (16:165:504).
01/2005-05/2005: Developed and implemented revision of course from 300 to 400 level: Advanced Chinese Grammar (01:165:325 to 01:165:430).
01/2002-05/2002: Developed and proposed new course: Intensive Reading and Writing in Chinese II (01:165:222).
01/2002-05/2002: Developed and proposed new course: Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition (01:165:402).
09/2001-05/2002: Developed and initiated the Rutgers Summer Study Abroad Program in China, including the development, proposal, and implementation of two new courses for the program: Intermediate Chinese in China (01:165:205) and Advanced Chinese in China (01:165:305).
07/1997-05/2000: Assistant Director of the East Asian Languages and Cultures project on "Development of Multimedia courseware for Classroom and Distance Learning Curriculum." Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
09/1997-ongoing: Director of the pilot Distance Learning course in Elementary Chinese (Chinese 101-102) taught jointly in the Interactive Television Rooms of Rutgers' New Brunswick and Newark campuses.
01/1997-06/1997: Undergraduate Curriculum Seed Grant for a project entitled "Integrating Computerized Audio-Visual Language Resources into the East Asian Language Distance Learning Curriculum (Chinese)," awarded by the Vice President for Undergraduate Education in New Brunswick.
09/1996-05/1997: Development of a new First-Year Chinese language course which integrates multimedia and computerized audio-visual language resources into the curriculum.
 
  Students Supervised
Postdoctoral Trainees
2010: Xiaodong Huang, studied under me in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University, supported by a post-doctoral grant from the China Scholarship Council of the PRC, from 11/09 to 11/10. 
2009: Youhai Wang, studied under me in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University, supported by a post-doctoral grant from the China Scholarship Council of the PRC, from 03/09 to 03/10.
Academic Advisement
2001: to 2014. Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University. Typically over 100 advisees per year.
Students Supervised for Independent Studies
UG
2014: Supervised Cara Feldscher in Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis, with Alan Prince (academic year '12-'14). Topic of thesis: "An OT analysis of Standard Mandarin vowels."
2014: Supervised Jane Lo in Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis, with Becky Schulthies (academic year '12-'14). Topic of thesis: "Chinglish (Chinese/ English) – The Social Implications of Chinese Use among New Jersey Taiwanese American."
2013: Supervised Eden Lund as Aresty Research Assistant (academic year '13-'14). Topic of project: "Translation of Tang shi yu yan yan jiu [Study of Tang poetic language] by Jiang Shaoyu."
2010: Supervised Michael Opper in Paul Robeson Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis, with Paul de Lacy (academic year '09-'10). Topic of thesis: "Aspects of the Morpho-phonology and Typology of Taiwan Hakka Dialects." This thesis, based on fieldwork done in Taiwan, was awarded a Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, the highest honor for an undergraduate thesis. Mr. Opper, who double-majored in Chinese and linguistics, also received the Robert Jeffers Prize, which is awarded to the Rutgers senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to the academic life of the Linguistics Department.
2010: Supervised Youyou Ruan as Aresty Research Assistant (academic year '09-'10). Topic of project: "Translation of Tong-Tai fangyan yanjiu [Study of the Tong-Tai Dialects] by Gu Qian.
2010: Supervised Nian Zhou as Aresty Research Assistant (academic year '09-'10). Topic of project: "Translation of Tang shi yu yan yan jiu [Study of Tang poetic language] by Jiang Shaoyu."
2008: Supervised Adrian Pacia in Senior Honors Project (academic year '07-'08). Topic of thesis: "Confucianism in Ming Dynasty Government."
2007: Supervised Daniel Upbin in Independent Study (Spring '07). Topic: "Literacy and the Chinese Writing System in the PRC."
2004: Supervised Brendon Schumacker in Independent Study (Spring '04). Topic: "The Evolution of Chinese Characters."
2001: Supervised Hana Kang in Senior Honors Project (academic year '00-'01). Topic of thesis: "Comparison of initial and final endings in Sino-Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese." Published in The Rutgers Scholar, Volume 3, 2001.
2000: Supervised Cesaer Brazza in Independent Study (Fall '00). Topic: "The Cantonese Dialect."
2000: Supervised Susan Hsueh in Independent Study (Fall '00). Topic: "Regional Factionalism in the Chinese Economy."
2000: Supervised Debbie Botha in Independent Study (Spring '00). Topic: "Understanding the Economic Developments in China after the Cultural Revolution."
1999: Supervised Peter Yuen in Independent Study (Fall '99). Topic: "The Rape of Nanking."
1998: Supervised Maya N. Vaughan-Smith in Senior Honors Project (academic year '97-98). Topic of thesis: "Censorship of Female Sexuality: Comparison of English and Chinese Literature."
1996: Supervised Maya N. Vaughan-Smith in Independent Study (Fall '96). Topic: "The Sexual Revolution of Women in Chinese Literature."
1995: Supervised David Yao-Tsung Tsai in Independent Study (Spring '95). Topic: "Contemporary Taiwanese Realism in Literature."
1994: Supervised Jessica Lee in Independent Study (Spring '94). Topic: "Buddhist Cave Temple Art" (in Six Dynasties through Tang China).
Master's or Doctoral Students by Type of Supervision
Doctoral - Committee
2009: EdD Dissertation committee member, for Youping Zhang, Graduate School of Education. Dissertation titled "Integrating CALL Writing Activities into a College Level Elementary Chinese Class," defended in December 2008.
Master's - Committee
2015: MAT in Chinese Teaching Portfolio Committee member, for Matthew Horvath, defended in August 2015.
2013: MAT in Chinese Teaching Portfolio Committee member, for Bora Youn, defended in April 2013.
2010: MAT in Chinese Teaching Portfolio Committee member, for Ming E. Ho, defended in March 2010.
2007: Served as visiting professor on the thesis defense committees for 6 graduate students in the Chinese Department of Nanjing University, May 2007.
Doctoral Examiner
2014: At oral defense by Jingwei Zhang of her dissertation titled "A Sociophonetic Study on Tonal Variation of the Wúxī and Shànghǎi Dialects" held at Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, October 17, 2014.
 
  Service
Service to New Jersey State Government
2009-2010: Appointed by Governor Corzine to the Asian American Study Foundation – Board of Trustees.
Service to Other Public Bodies
1998-2000: Vice Principal, Mid Jersey Tzu-Chi Academy, Edison, NJ
10/2006-03/2010: Invited judge, Chinese Cultural Contest, sponsored by the New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation, at Seton Hall University, October 2006, March 2008, March 2009, March 2010
06/1998: Interpreter for the mayor of Edison Township during visit of a Chinese delegation
1995-1997: Saturday morning conversation tutor, Central Jersey Chinese School
10/1994: Speaker: "Doing Business in Modern China," at the Prudential, Newark, NJ
12/1993: Impromptu interpreter for Healthnet Medical Group
1984-1985: Senator to the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, University of Washington
1984-1985: Student Representative, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington
Service to Rutgers University
2017-ongoing: Director, Confucius Institute of Rutgers University
2008-2017: Chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
2010: Rutgers East Asian Languages and Cultures Korean Search Committees
2009-2010: Conceived, developed, and organized the Asian Languages and Culture's Rutgers Day event: "Your Name Here in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean"
2009-ongoing: SAS ad hoc Chinese Studies Program Committee, Spring 2009, and the SAS Committee on Chinese Studies
2009-ongoing: Advisor to the Chinese Conversation Club
2008: Rutgers East Asian Languages and Cultures Chinese Search Committees
2008-ongoing: Foreign Languages Advisory Committee--advisory to the SAS Core Requirements Committee
2008-ongoing: Study Abroad East Asia Advisory Committee
2009: Assist the Study Abroad Office with the implementation of a new Semester Abroad Program at Jilin University in Changchun, China, as well as the relocation of the Summer Chinese Language Program to Jilin University
2007-2014: Asian Languages and Cultures Representative to the School of Arts and Sciences Majors Fairs
2007-2008: University Senate Representative for School of Arts and Sciences
2001-2006: University Senate Representative for the Livingston College Executive Council of Fellows
2001-ongoing: Departmental Digiclass coordinator
2001-2002: Rutgers Faculty of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee
2000-2007: Fellow at Large, Livingston College Executive Council of Fellows
2000-2008: Assistant to the Chair in East Asian Languages and Cultures. Responsibilities include: the undergraduate programs in Chinese and East Asian Studies, departmental computerization and data management, supervision and maintenance of the departmental website, publicity, liaison with individual colleges, curriculum and program planning, departmental projects on distance learning, multimedia instruction, grant proposal preparation
2000-2004: Advisor, Tzu Ching Student Association
2000: Rutgers East Asian Languages and Cultures Chinese, Japanese and Korean Search Committees
1999-2000: Rutgers Faculty of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Reappointment Committee
04/1998: Assisted in the demonstration of the Rutgers Interactive Television Classrooms in Newark and New Brunswick for a delegation from the Danish Ministry of Education.
1998: East Asian Languages and Cultures Chinese Literature Search Committee
1997-2000: Assistant Director of the East Asian Languages and Cultures project on "Development of Multimedia courseware for Classroom and Distance Learning Curriculum" supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education
1997-ongoing: Rutgers Language Institute Steering Committee
1996: East Asian Languages and Cultures Korean Language Search Committee
10/1995: Speaker: "Doing Research in China: My Experiences this Summer Doing Dialect Fieldwork in Nanjing and Hangzhou," for the Asian Studies Program of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
1995-ongoing: Advisor, Rutgers Cantonese Student Association
1995-ongoing: East Asian Languages-RUCS/FAS Departmental Computer Liaison
1995-2002: Advisor, All Children's Charity Association (formerly Asian Children's Charity Association)
1995-1996: Nominated: Successful candidate, Fatema Razvi, for 1995-96 scholarship from Women's League of Rutgers University
09/1994: Speaker: "Learning Chinese," at East Asian House Douglass/Corwin Campus
1994-2000: Rutgers College Cultural Affairs and Programs (CAP) Committee
1993-ongoing: Rutgers East Asian Library Faculty Advisory Committee
1993-2007: Rutgers College Fellow
1993-2007: Livingston College Fellow
1993-2001: Advisor, Asian Student Volleyball Alliance
1993-2007: East Asian Languages representative to Rutgers College Majors Fairs
 
  Memberships
Membership/Offices Held in Scholarly and Professional Societies
05/2002-ongoing: Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York, founding member, on Board of Directors since May 2002, vice-president 2006-2007, president 2008-2009, vice-president 2012-2014.
04/2002-ongoing: Guest Member, Early China Seminar of Columbia University.
09/2000-ongoing: International Association for Chinese Linguistics, elected to Executive Board in 2006 for a 3 year term.
09/1999-ongoing: North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences.
01/1994-ongoing: Circle for Chinese Historical and Comparative Dialectology.
09/1993-ongoing: Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature.
09/1992-ongoing: Chinese Language Teachers Association, on Board of Directors 2001 to 2003.
09/1991-ongoing: American Oriental Society.
09/1991-ongoing: Western Branch, American Oriental Society.
09/1991-ongoing: Yuen Ren Society for the Promotion of Chinese Dialect Fieldwork.
06/1990-ongoing: Hangzhou Pynghua Research Association (Harngjou pynghuah yanjiou huey) under the Association of Hangzhou Oral and Performing Artists (Harngjou chiuyihjia shyehuey) in Hangzhou, China, honorary member.
09/1989-09/2012: Association for Asian Studies.