Jie Zhang

Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2879
Blake Hall, 420E


Educational background:

  • 2001:  Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, UCLA.  Dissertation: The effects of duration and sonority on contour tone distribution — Typological survey and formal analysis.  Advisor:  Donca Steriade.
  • 1997:  M.A., Department of Linguistics, UCLA.  Thesis: Duration in the tonal phonology of Pingyao Chinese.  Advisor:  Donca Steriade.
  • 1994:  B.E., Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Professional employment:

  • 2016-Present:  Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas
  • 2009-2016:  Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas
  • 2003-2009:  Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas
  • 2001-2003:  Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, Harvard University

 

Teaching

Courses offered at University of Kansas:

  • Ling 106:  Introductory Linguistics
  • Ling 107:  Introductory Linguistics (Honors)
  • Ling 312:  Introduction to Phonology
  • Ling 314/712:  Phonological Theory I
  • Ling 572:  Structure of Chinese
  • Ling 714:  Phonological Theory II
  • Ling 794:  Proseminar for First-Year Graduate Students
  • Ling 910:  Seminar in Phonology: Experimental Phonology
  • Ling 910:  Seminar in Phonology: Prosodic Phonology — Stress and Tone
  • Ling 910:  Seminar in Phonology: Phonological Productivity
  • Ling 910:  Seminar in Phonology: Tone Sandhi
  • Ling 925:  Seminar in Phonology: The Phonetic Basis of Phonological Markedness

Awards:

  • Silver Anniversary Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Kansas, 2005
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 2005

Teaching Interests

  • Linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Structure of Chinese

Research

External grants:

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (the American Region): Experimental investigation of tone sandhi in three Hakka dialects spoken in Taiwan. PI. $30,000. Co-investigator: Dr. Yuwen Lai, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.

National Science Foundation: Testing the productivity of Chinese tone sandhi.  2008-2013. PI. $300,000.

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (the American Region): Testing the role of phonetic naturalness in Taiwanese tone sandhi. 2006-2007. PI. $24,000. Co-Investigators: Dr. Jane Tsay and Dr. James Myers, Institute of Linguistics, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan.

Book:

Zhang, Jie (2002). The effects of duration and sonority on contour tone distribution — A typological survey and formal analysis. Routledge, New York.  (Amazon link)

Select publications:

Zhang, Jie (2016). Using nonce-probe tests and auditory priming to investigate speakers’ phonological knowledge of tone sandhi. In Christian DiCanio, Jeff Malins, Jeff Good, Karin Michelson, Jerri Jaeger, and Holly Keily (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, pp.12-18. International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) Archives, http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/TAL_2016.

Politzer-Ahles, Stephen and Jie Zhang (in press). Evidence for the role of tone sandhi in Mandarin speech production. In press at Journal of Chinese Linguistics monograph series no. 25: Studies on tonal aspects of languages.

Liu, Jiang and Jie Zhang (in press). A production and perception study on tonal neutralization in Nanchang Chinese. In press at Journal of Chinese Linguistics monograph series no. 25: Studies on tonal aspects of languages.

Chien, Yu-Fu, Joan Sereno, and Jie Zhang (in press). What’s in a word: Observing the contribution of underlying and surface representations. In press at Language and Speech.

Lee, Hyunjung, Allard Jongman, and Jie Zhang (2016). Variation and diachronic change in the nominal pitch accent system of South Kyengsang Korean. Phonology 33.2: 325-351.

Yan, Hanbo and Jie Zhang (2016). Pattern substitution in Wuxi tone sandhi and its implication for phonological learning. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 3.1: 1-45.

Chien, Yu-Fu, Joan Sereno, and Jie Zhang (2016). Priming the representation of Mandarin tone 3 sandhi words. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 31.2: 179-189.

Zhang, Jie and Yuanliang Meng (2016). Structure-dependent tone sandhi in real and nonce words in Shanghai Wu. Journal of Phonetics 54.1: 169-201.

Zhang, Jie and Jiang Liu (2016). The productivity of variable disyllabic tone sandhi in Tianjin Chinese. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 25.1: 1-35 (Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3).

Zhang, Jie and Hanbo, Yan (2015). Contextually dependent cue weighting for a laryngeal contrast in Shanghai Wu. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Zhang, Jie (2014). 汉语方言变调系统的能产性与其理论分析 (The productivity of tone sandhi in Chinese dialects and its theoretical analysis).《当代语言学》(Contemporary Linguistics) 16.3: 273-287.

Zhang, Jie (2014). Tones, tonal phonology, and tone sandhi. In C.-T. James Huang, Y.-H. Audrey Li, and Andrew Simpson (eds.), The handbook of Chinese linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. 443-464.  (Wiley link)

Zhang, Jie (2014). Tone sandhi. In Mark Aronoff (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics. Oxford University Press, New York. (Oxford link)

Lee, Hyunjung and Jie Zhang (2014). The nominal pitch accent system of South Kyungsang Korean. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 23.1: 71-111.

Zhang, Jie (2013). 实验音系学 (Experimental phonology). In Zhijie Wang and Dongdong Chen (eds.),《西方人文社科前沿述评》(Frontiers in Western humanities and social sciences research, Linguistics volume). People’s University Press, Beijing, China. 89-115.

Zhang, Jie and Jiang Liu (2011). Tone sandhi and tonal coarticulation in Tianjin Chinese. Phonetica 68.3: 161-191.

Zhang, Jie, Yuwen Lai, and Craig Sailor (2011). Modeling Taiwanese speakers’ knowledge of tone sandhi in reduplication. Lingua 121.2: 181-206.

Zhang, Jie (2010). Issues in the analysis of Chinese tone. Language and Linguistics Compass 4.12: 1137-1153.

Zhang, Jie and Yuwen Lai (2010). Testing the role of phonetic knowledge in Mandarin tone sandhi. Phonology 27.1: 153-201.  Longer version with reaction time data.

Zhang, Jie, Yuwen Lai, and Craig Sailor (2009). Opacity, phonetics, and frequency in Taiwanese tone sandhi. In Manghyu Pak (ed.), Current issues in unity and diversity of languages: Collection of papers selected from the 18th International Congress of Linguists. Linguistic Society of Korea. 3019-3038.

Zhang, Jie (2009). Contour tone distribution is not an artifact of tonal melody mapping. Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 33.1/2: 73-132.

Zhang, Jie and Yuwen Lai (2008). Phonological knowledge beyond the lexicon in Taiwanese double reduplication. In Yuchau E. Hsiao, Hui-Chuan Hsu, Lian-Hee Wee, and Dah-An Ho (eds.), Interfaces in Chinese Phonology: Festschrift in Honor of Matthew Y. Chen on His 70th Birthday. Academia Sinica, Taiwan. 183-222.

Zhang, Jie (2007). Constraint weighting and constraint domination: A formal comparison. Phonology 24.3: 433-459.

Zhang, Jie (2007). A directional asymmetry in Chinese tone sandhi systems. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 16.4: 259-302.

Zhang, Jie (2004). Contour tone licensing and contour tone representation. Language and Linguistics 5.4: 925-968.

Zhang, Jie (2004). The role of contrast-specific and language-specific phonetics in contour tone distribution. In Bruce Hayes, Robert Kirchner, and Donca Steriade (eds.), Phonetically based phonology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 157-190.

Zhang, Jie (2002). A phonetically-based OT account for the /n/-/ŋ/ asymmetry upon /ɻ/-suffixation in northern Chinese dialects. In Chen-Sheng Liu and Sze-Wing Tang (eds.), On the Formal Way to Chinese Linguistics. CSLI, Stanford University, CA. 233-259.

Zhang, Jie (2000). Non-contrastive features and categorical patterning in Chinese diminutive suffixation — Max[F] or Ident[F]? Phonology 17.3: 427-478.

Award:

Young Scholar Award, International Association of Chinese Linguistics, 2006.

Research Interests

  • Phonology
  • Phonetics
  • Tone
  • Chinese languages

Service

Journal editorial boards:

Lingua Sinica (2016-present)
International Journal of Chinese Linguistics (2013-present)
Korea Journal of Chinese Language and Literature (2010-2014)
Journal of East Asian Linguistics (2006-present)

Select service at University of Kansas:

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Linguistics (2007-2014)
Interim Chair, Department of Linguistics (Spring, 2013)
Advisory committee, Center for East Asian Studies  (2011-2013)
Faculty senate (2008-2011)
Academic Misconduct Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2004-2006)

Memberships

Linguistic Society of America
Acoustical Society of America
International Phonetic Association
Association for Laboratory Phonology
International Association of Chinese Linguistics
The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (1998-2008)


Events

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