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Academic position

Zhejiang University, Department of Japanese Studies, Lecturer, August 2012 –

Reviewer: International Journal of English Linguistics



2009.4-2010.9 & 2011.10-2012.9:

       Ph.D. in Linguistics, Tohoku University (Japan)


       M.St. in Japanese Studies (linguistic track), Oxford University


       M.Phil. in Linguistics, Tohoku University (Japan)

Wenchao Li is Lecturer of Japanese Linguistics at the University of Zhejiang. She received her M.Phil. and PhD in Linguistics at the University of Tohoku (Japan). She also holds a M.St. in Japanese Studies (linguistic track) from the University of Oxford (College: Hertford). At Oxford, she was supervised by Professor Bjarke Frellesvig and taught by Professor Mary Dalrymple. Her main research interests are in lexical semantics, especially the syntax-semantics interface and the morphology-syntax interface including word formation.



Book (sole-authored)

(1). A typological study of adjective distribution: a scale structure view.

   LINCOM EUROPA: Munich, 2017.

(2). Lexicalisation patterns in Japanese and Chinese: a synchronic and a diachronic perspective.

   LINCOM EUROPA: Munich, 2012.

 Research Articles (reviewed) 

(1)    A distributed morphology-based study on verb derivation in Japanese. International Journal of Linguistics 9. 5. 2017.

(2)    Revisit adjective distribution in Chinese. [under review]

(3)    Grammaticalisation and lexicalisation of the Chinese verb duàn. [under review].

(4)    Multi-verb constructions in Old Chinese and Middle Chinese: From verb serialising to verb compounding. To appear in Asia-Pacific language variations 4.1. 2018.

(5)On middle constructions in Japanese. 2017. International Journal of English Linguistics.

Vol. 7, No. 6, 2017.

(6)    Adjective distribution in Mongolian and Japanese. Linguistics and Literature Studies 5(3), 2017. pp. 149-159.

(7)    Towards a morph-syntactic typology of split intransitivity. Linguistics and Literature Studies 4(5), 2016. pp. 355-361.

(8)    Associations between a multidialectal environment and pre-linguistic language development. British Journal of Psychology Research. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016, pp. 15-33.

(9)    Adjective distribution in Modern Mongolian. Acta Linguistica Asiatica 6(2), 2016, pp. 15-33. 9-


(10) Direct perception expression in Japanese and Chinese. International Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 8, No. 5. 2016.

(11) Old Chinese as an inflectional language: with evidence from the personal pronoun system.

   International Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 8, No. 3, 2016, pp. 126-168.

(12) A Morpho-phonological study on Jin Hua dialect. Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and

Social Sciences. Vol.4, No.8, 2016, pp.32-43.

(13) A Scale Structure View of Resultatives in Japanese, Chinese and German. International Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 8, No. 5, 2015, pp. 1-19.

(14) On the syntax of anticausativisation and decausativisation in Japanese and Chinese.

Journal of Advances in Linguistics. Vol .5 No 3. 2015, pp. 805-822.

(15) Lexicalisation in Japanese, Chinese and German: a focus upon scalarity.

Theory and Practice in Language Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2015, pp. 318-329.

(16) A comparison of verb compounding in Old Japanese and Classical Chinese. International Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 1. 2015, pp. 149-168.

(17) On the formation of verb compound in Early Middle Japanese. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013.

(18) Lexicalisation patterns of complex-predicate constructions in Japanese. International Journal

    of Linguistics, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2013, pp. 178-187.

(19) A Comparison of Event Framing in Japanese and Chinese.

     International Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011, pp. 1-15.

(20) A Comparison of Event Framing in Old Chinese and Old Japanese. Acta Linguistica

   Asiatica. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2011, pp. 57-72.

(21) Event Argument in Adjectival Perception Complements in German: Comparison with

   English. Ars Linguistica. Vol. 18, 2011, pp. 217-230.


Research grants

(1) National Foundation of Social Sciences (15CYY002): 2015-2018

(2) Qianjiang Talent Programme of Zhejiang Province, China (QJC1402005): 2014-2017

(3) Foundation of Education of Zhejiang Province (Y201329630): 2013-2015

(4) 浙江大学优秀青年教师资助计划: 中古日语构词法 ‘Word formation in Early Middle Japanese’ 2013-2015

(5) 浙江大学人文学部青年教师自主科研项目: 2013-2014 



浙江大学董氏著作三等奖 (2014) Lexicalisation patterns in Japanese and Chinese: a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. LINCOM EUROPA: Munich, 2012.


Conference presentations

(1) Semantic Change of Modal Meanings: Evidence from Second Language Acquisition.

   Workshop on the Acquisition of Modality. SOAS, University of London, UK. 2011. July 9.

(2) A Manner/Result Equipollence in Verbal Roots – Evidence from Mandarin   

   Predicate-Complement Compounds. The 16th Symposium on Modern Chinese Grammar,   

   HongKong. 2010. June 7-9.

(3) Grammaticlisation and Lexicalisation of the Chinese verb duan. Paper accepted by Prague

  Linguistics. Charles University. 2017. April 27-29.


Conference proceedings

(1) Towards a new perspective on semantic typology of event framing in Japanese and

Mandarin. Wenchao, Li & Naoyuki, Ono. Proceedings of the 140th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan, 2010, pp. 146-151.

(2) Internationalisation of Higher Education in China and Japan.

Proceedings of the IADIS International Higher Education Conference, 2011, pp. 99-101.



Undergraduate (partial)

An Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics

Lexical Semantics in Japanese  

Old Japanese


Japanese Linguistics 

Advanced Academic Writing in Japanese




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