Xiaoting Li, PhD
Dr. Xiaoting Li is an Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta. She received her PhD in linguistics and applied linguistics at Peking University, China, in 2011. She was a DAAD fellow at the University of Potsdam in 2008-2010. Recently, she received the Humboldt Fellowship to conduct her research at the University of Freiburg in Germany in 2019-2021.
Her research interest is language in interaction and multimodal analysis. She uses the methodology of Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics and multimodal analysis in the study of everyday Mandarin talk-in-interaction. Her research explores how multimodal resources such as lexico-syntax, prosody and embodied actions are used by interactants in organizing turns, sequences and courses of actions in Mandarin conversation. The topic of multimodal organization of turns in Mandarin conversation is examined in her book Multimodality, Interaction, and Turn-taking in Mandarin Conversation (John Benjamins, 2014). Her recent work on multimodality in Chinese interaction is published in her co-edited book volume "Multimodality in Chinese Interaction" (Mouton, 2019).
She teaches in the areas of Chinese linguistics, and language in Chinese society, and supervises graduate students in the field of Chinese linguistics, interaction and multimodal analysis.
Her current research projects include the SSHRC project "Unfinished utterances in Mandarin conversation", and the KIAS team project "Intercultural and interpersonal communication". She is a member of the International Network of Interactional Linguistics, and the Scientific Network of Multimodality and Embodied Interaction.
A reading knowledge of Chinese is required.
Sound system, basic sentence structure, writing system, and language change and variation. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 308. Prerequisites: LING 101 and CHINA 202, or consent of Department.
Research - Interactional Uses of yinwei ‘because’ and its Multimodal Production in Mandarin Conversation
Keynote talk at the 2nd International Conference on Interactional Linguistics and Chinese Language Studies, Shanghai, China
Research - International Network of International Linguistics
Member of the Network. First Network meeting at the University of Freiburg
Research - Interpersonal Touch in Mandarin Interaction
Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture, Colloquium Talk, UCLA
Research - Language and the Body in Person Reference in Mandarin Interaction
Pre-conference workshop “Referentiality in East Asian Languages”, the 26th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, UCLA
Research - Multimodal analysis of Chinese interaction: theoretical foundations
Invited talk at the Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Research - Multimodal Interaction: Theory and Methodology
International Workshop “Frontiers of Interactional Research on Chinese Language”, Beijing Language and Culture University, China
Research - Suspensions in interaction
Co-organized the panel with Dr. Shimako Iwasaki (Monash University) at the 16th International Pragmatics Association Conference in Hong Kong.
Research - Talk and the Body in the Construction of Interactional Units in Mandarin Conversation
Invited talk at the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures, University of Calgary
Research - Units of Language—Units of the Body
International Workshop “Divergent Units and Fuzzy Boundaries”, University of Potsdam, Germany