Graduate Activities

In May 2016, recent MA graduate Hannah Dodd presented her paper "What Makes a Hero?: A diachronic analysis of the speech qualities of shōnen anime protagonists" at the 9th International Gender and Language Association Conference held at the City University of Hong Kong. In addition to receiving funding from DEALL, Hannah was also awarded a $1,250 travel grant through the National Science Foundation to support her participation in this conference.

February of 2015, 2nd year DEALL MA student Hannah Dodd presented at the Role Language and Character Language Research International Workshop in Osaka, Japan. She received a 10,000 yen (approx. $100) award to fund travel from Yokohama, where she was studying at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies. Her presentation, entitled "Identity Navigation by Female Speakers in Today's Pop Music," concerned the ways in which female singer-songwriters use first-person pronouns to shift between multiple fluid identity roles within the context of their lyrics. In March of 2016, her paper will be released in Japanese as a part of the conference proceedings under the title 「ぼく」の世界、「わたし」の世界 ーポップ音楽における日本人女性歌手のアイデンティティ流動性ー ("'My' World, 'My' World: The Identity Fluidity of Female Pop Singers in Japanese Pop Music").

Litong Chen, 4th year graduate student in Chinese linguistics, recently received a $3,000 grant from the Office of International Affairs (OIA) in support of his fieldwork project "Dapeng Dialect: an Undocumented Cantonese-Hakka Mixed Language in Southern China." This project is to be conducted in the summer of 2014. 

Seth Goss presented a poster entitled “Predicting L2 lexical pitch accent perception: The role of top-down knowledge in L2 Japanese” at the 27thAnnual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing held at Ohio State on March 13-15, 2014.

Qiong Yang presented a paper entitled “Supergods  on  Fire:  Criticism  of  Western  Modernity  in  Chinese Science Fiction, 1970s‐1980s” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), held at New York University in New York City from March 20th to March 23rd, 2014.

Yang also presented “The Rigid Scientist: Fascist Virus and the Invention of a Social Group in Chinese Theater” at the 2014 International Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (Chinoperl), in Philadelphia on March 27. 

Donglin Chai, Rachel Wayne & Mari Noda presented a paper entitled “Building Learners’ Social Network in Chinese Study Abroad Programs: Student Committee System” at CLTAC 2014 Spring Conference held at Stanford University on Mar 8, 2014.  


This presentation explores building learners’ social network in Chinese study abroad programs through the implementation of student committee system. We will introduce an experimental co-curricular mechanism implemented in the four institutes of Critical Language Scholarship Chinese study abroad program in the summer of 2013: Student Committee System. In this system, students are placed into small groups serving on various committees. The advantages include: cooperation among and within the committees assists in sustaining and strengthening students’ bonding, and engagement in the local community creates and maintains a local social network. Meanwhile, the student committee system broadens learners’ opportunities for increased communication and language use, so as to elevate language proficiency levels in Chinese professional contexts. To demonstrate its actual implementation throughout the entire summer program, I will use the Xiamen Institute (Xiamen University) (27 American students) as an example. Successful stories of students’ independently organized events, such as: a community volunteering event and a closing ceremony will be shared. Regularly conducted routines will also be presented, and based on students’ constructive feedback, improvements will be made.

CLTAC 2014 Spring Conference Program [pdf]

Ziying You presented a paper entitled “Entertaining Deities and Humans: Performance of Puju at Temple Fairs in Southern Shanxi” at the 2014 International Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature, held in Philadelphia, PA, on March 27 in conjunction with the 2014 AAS Annual Meeting (March 27-30, 2014). 

Litong Chen, 4th year graduate student in DEALL, presented a paper "Behind literature hiding linguistics: Character frequency and rhyme occurrence correlation in Huajian-ji" at the 2014 Chinese Oral and Performing Literature Conference (CHINOPERL), held at Philadelphia Downtown Marriott (Philadelphia, PA), 27 March 2014. 

He also presented another paper "Variation of the third-person singular pronoun in Hong Kong Cantonese" at the 38th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC-38), held at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), 28-30 March 2014.​ 

Seth Goss published a book review of "An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics, 3rd Edition" by Natsuko Tsujimura in the Journal of Japanese Linguistics 29, 2013. 

Litong Chen, 4th year graduate student in DEALL, presented a paper "湘、赣、客语异同之量化分析” (A quantitative analysis of the Xiang-Gan-Hakka relationship) " in Chinese (co-authored with Tsz-Him Tsui from OSU's Linguistics Department) at 全国汉语方言学会第17届年会暨汉语方言国际学术研讨会 (The 17th Annual Meeting of National Chinese Dialect Society and International Symposium on Chinese Dialect), held at Jinan University (Guangzhou, Guangdong, P. R. China ), 13-15 December 2013. 

Seth Wiener presented a paper entitled, "Constraints of tones, vowels and consonants on lexical selection in Mandarin Chinese" at the 88th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2-5, 2014. 

Xin Zhang presented a paper/poster entitled “Pedagogical material design: 4-character Chinese idiom as cultural performances” at the 2013 CLTA/ACTFL Annual Meeting held at the Orange County Convention Center Orland, Florida, November 22-24, 2013.


This research explores the treatment of 4-character Chinese idioms (成语) in both general CFL/CSL materials and learning sources dedicated to chengyu published in mainland China, Taiwan and US. The findings indicate insufficient treatments resulting from a lack of mutually agreed understanding on the teaching and learning of these idiomatic expressions, including inconsistent and limited chengyu coverage, neglect of speaking and listening skill development, and decontextualized chengyu presentation.The study proposes an understanding of chengyu as cultural performances and several pedagogical principles are presented pertaining to the inadequacies among existing materials. A performance-based material design is provided as a concrete demonstration. 

Zhini Zeng presented a study entitled “Integrating Chinese Novel into Advanced CFL Writing Instruction” at 2013 CLTA annual convention in Orlando, Florida, from November 22 to November 24, 2013. She also chaired the panel “Using Original Chinese Texts to Optimize Writing Instruction” at the meeting.


This study proposes a performance-based pedagogical model for using original Chinese texts to contextualize writing practices at advanced level Chinese instruction. It addresses the effectiveness of using non-pedagogical Chinese fiction narratives in a fifth year Chinese curriculum. The findings demonstrate how learners, provided with necessary scaffolding, can access native texts and produce highly contextualized written narratives

Jianfen Wang presented a paper entitled “Using Rhymes to Create a Supportive Environment for Performing Chinese Culture” at THE 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHINESE LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY, held in Chengdu, China from June 28 to 30, 2013.  


Language acquisition occurs in the cultural environment. The most influential environment for language learners consists of the interacting people and the mediating cultural artifacts. Rhymes are important cultural artifacts used by Chinese people to enculturate their children. It should also be a great resource for non-Chinese children to learn Chinese language and culture. This article proposes an approach to using original Chinese rhymes in creating a supportive environment for non-Chinese children to perform Chinese culture. 

Man He was invited to be the moderator/discussant for the graduate student panel, “Literature in Translation,” Organized by GradSem, Literacy Studies, OSU, October 4, 2013. 

Ziying You presented a paper entitled “Contentious Local Responses to Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection in Hongdong, Shanxi, China” at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting held in Providence, Rhode Island, from October 16 to 19, 2013. She also chaired the panel “The Interests of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Issues of Cultural Sustainability, Part II” at the meeting.


This paper addresses the contentious responses to Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) protection in a local context. My ethnographic case study is on the living tradition of worshipping the ancient sage kings Yao and Shun in several villages in Hongdong County, Shanxi Province, China. Named as one item of national ICH in 2008, the official title of this local tradition is Hongtong Zouqin Xisu, “the custom of visiting sacred relatives in Hongdong”. I explore the ways local people have responded to the safeguarding of ICH, with a focus on shifting actors and power relations within interconnected communities.

Qiong Yang presented a paper entitled “All under the Shadow: Revisiting ‘Translated Re-narration’ (yishu) in Early Twentieth Century  China  through  Lu  Xun,” at the  Literacy  Studies  Graduate  Seminar: Literature in Translation held at the Ohio State University on October 4, 2013. 

Abby Shelton delivered the first talk of the new GREALL discussion series on graduate student topics and issues on October 1st at OSU.  The topic of the talk was candidacy examinations.  Shelton gave the second talk in the series on October 21st and covered academic reading, note-taking, bibliography and citation software, and other related issues.  On October 8th, Shelton was commissioned by the director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security to perform translation work for a visiting psychological services representative of the Beppu Medical Center branch of the Japanese National Hospital Organization.  The presentation was on disaster management and planning; specifically, on how best to manage the psychological needs of those affected by Fukushima.  Lastly, on October 16th and 18th, Shelton was honored to be allowed to guest lecture in Dr. Nakayama’s Intro to Japanese Linguistics class at OSU.  The focus of the classes was Japanese pragmatics.  After introducing the students to some of the basic concepts in pragmatics and pragmatics research, Shelton had the students practice identifying examples of the concepts learned using videos of native and non-native speakers of Japanese. 

Seth Wiener presented a paper entitled, "Bayesian learning and word recognition in bilingual speakers of tone languages" at the International Conference on Multilingualism: Linguistic Challenges and Neurocognitive Mechanisms held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada on October 24-25, 2013.

Lulei Su presented a paper entitled “’Conversation’ as Another Genre: an Empirical Study of Teacher-Student Talk in Chinese L2 Classroom” at New England Chinese Language Teachers’ Association (NECLTA) held in Boston, Massachusetts on October 5th, 13  


In comparison with conversations in naturalistic settings, this  research aims to distinguish that the frequently cited “conversation” referring to the talk between instructors and learners in Chinese L2 classroom is actually a difference genre in terms of its nature and internal participation structure. In order to design exercises to facilitate learners’ communicative competence, Chinese L2 instructors should raise their own metapragmatic awareness of these two different genres of “conversation” and increase the design of information gap aligned with learners’ linguistic proficiency level.

Wang Huang has a paper published in Education About Asia, Fall 2013, Volume 18, Number 2, Special Issue on Cyber Asia and the New Media, 2013 by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). The paper is entitled “China’s Happy Farm and the Impact of Social Gaming.” 

Litong Chen, 4th year graduate student in DEALL, presented a paper "Genetic relationship versus synchronic similarity: a case study of Shaoguan Tuhua and Hakka" at the 46th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL-46), held at Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire), 7-10 August 2013.

Seth Goss, (graduate student, East Asian Languages and Literatures) recently completed his tenure as a Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellow in the psycholinguistics lab at Nagoya University. He presented papers on the results of his research at the 13th Conference of the Japan Second Language Association, the Linguistic Society of Japan, and the European Second Language Association's 23rd Conference (with Katsuo Tamaoka).

Three DEALL graduate students presented their research projects at the 25th annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL–25) held at the University of Michigan June 21-23. Litong Chen presented "Character frequency and rhyme occurrence correlation in Yue-ou" as well as "A new quantitative analysis of the Xiang-Gan-Hakka relationship" (co-authored with Tsz-Him Tsui from OSU's Linguistics Department); Yutian Tan presented "A Comparative Study of the Lateral Fricative [ɬ] Across Three Yue Varieties;" and Seth Wiener presented "Dialect‐specific use of tonal probability in Mandarin word recognition" (co-authored with Kiwako Ito from OSU's Linguistics Department).

Alexander Ratte, 5th year graduate student in DEALL  presented a paper, “Diachrony or Synchrony? Accounting for the Old Japanese Particle -tu,” at the Penn Linguistics Colloqium (PLC 37) and presented research, “On the Origins of Japanese Dakuon Obstruents: Evidence from Korean,” at the International Conference on Phonetics and Phonology (ICPP 2013) with the help of an Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant. (more info)

Stephen Luft (graduate student, East Asian languages and literatures) presented a paper, “How Reliable is Daily Grading?  (more info)

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