College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Chao Li
Assistant Professor
World Languages and Literatures

Chao Li
Assistant Professor

Office : Building 2S Room 111
Phone : 718.982.3710
Fax : 718.982.3712

Degrees :
BA, Hebei Normal University
MA, Peking University
PhD, Yale University

Biography / Academic Interests :
Chao Li coordinates CSI’s Chinese program. He taught at Peking University for three years before coming to the US and pursing his PhD studies. He joined CSI in the fall of 2007 after he obtained his doctoral degree in linguistics. Professor Li has a wide range of linguistic interests. He is primarily interested in syntax, grammatical relations, and syntax-semantics interface. In addition, he is interested in information structure (especially the topic-comment structure), language typology (particularly in the typology of case systems and the typologization of languages along the line of topic prominence and subject prominence), and morphology (especially morphosyntax). Finally, he has interest in language acquisition and sentence processing. All the above interests form a coherent whole. That is, as a student of linguistics, Professor Li is interested in the interactions among the different components of language as a complex system, in formulating theories to account for such interactions, and in testing these theories with the study of language acquisition and the research in language processing.

Scholarship / Publications :
Professor Li has published a number of articles on different subfields of linguistics. In the area of syntax, he has published articles on the “possessor-raising” construction in Mandarin, the historical development of the bei-constructions in Chinese, and the double-nominative construction in Mandarin, and the verbal nouns in Celtic languages. In the subfield of morphology, he has published a paper on the case-marking patterns of Nepali. In the area of typology, he has published papers on the typologization of languages along the line of topic prominence and subject prominence and papers on the typology of causatives and resultatives. Professor Li’s current projects include developing his dissertation (which is on Mandarin resultatives) into a book and conducting a quantitative study of the qualitative difference between English and Mandarin, with the former being a subject-prominent language and the latter a topic-prominent language.