icon Wei-wen Roger LIAO Associate Research Fellow 
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Education
Experience
Research Description
Professional Activities
Research Grants
Publications
iconContact Information

Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica
128, Section 2, Academia Road , Taipei 115,
Taiwan

Telephone: 02-2652-5034
E-mail: lwwroger@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Homepage: https://sites.google.com/view/wwliao

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iconEducation

2004 MA., Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University
2011 PhD., Linguistics, University of Southern California
2012 Postdoctoral Fellows The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

iconExperience

2012.01-2013.01 Postdoctoral Fellow. Dept. of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
2013.01-2018 Assistant Research Fellow/Professor. Academia Sinica
2018.01-Present Associate Research Fellow/Professor. Academia Sinica

iconResearch Description

My research adopts the Chomskyan generative approach to language, with emphasis on syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface. Some goals of my research are to (i) look at various structures in the Chinese languages, and study how they may shape our general understanding of grammatical theories under the framework of generative grammar, (ii) study the syntax-semantics interface and develop theories of mapping mechanisms between syntax and semantics (and other interfaces), and (iii) seek elementary principles that guide the syntactic architecture by looking at fundamental properties and problems in current syntactic theories.

iconProfessional Activities

2016-- Editorial Board member, Journal of East Asian Linguistics, Springer.
2019-2023 Editorial Board member, Journal of Linguistics, Cambridge.

iconResearch Grants

[NSC Research Project] The Syntax of Quantifier Phrases in Chinese: Comparative Syntax of Mandarin, Taiwanese, and
Cantonese. Joint project with Tommi Leung. (NSC 102-2410-H-001-101) 11/01/2013~04/30/2015.
[MoST Research Project (Excellent Junior Research Investigators)] On the Representation and Derivation of Topicalization.
(MOST 104-2628-H-001-003-) 08/01/2015 ~ 07/31/2016
[MoST Research Project] The Cartography of EVEN and its kin in Chinese (MOST 105-2410-H-001 -090 -MY2) 2016/08/01~2018/07/31
[MoST Research Project] Two types of contrastive dislocations in Chinese. (Co-PI: Yuyun Iris Wang) (MOST 107-2410-H-001 -063 -MY2] 2018/08/01~2020/07/31

iconPublications - Journal Papers
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & T.-H. Jonah Lin. 2019. Syntactic structures of Mandarin purposives. Linguistics 57(1): 87-126.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2018. Bare numeral phrases in Mandarin and the minimalist mapping hypothesis. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 5(1): 33-58.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen. 2017. Remarks on the Final-over-Final Condition: A View from Chinese Head-Final Structures. Studies in Chinese Linguistics 37(2): 93-118.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2015c. The Syntax-semantics of durative phrases in Chinese: The Archimedes' principle in linguistics. Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics 8(2): 301-318 [The final publication is available at DOI: 10.1163/2405478X-00802009].  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2015b. Once upon an invisible TIME: On Frequentative Phrases in Chinese [Squib]. Studies in Chinese Linguistics 36(1): 21-34.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2015a. On modification of whole/zheng in English and Chinese and the uniformity of syntax. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 24(1):53-74 [The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10831-014-9122-x].  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2014. Process-related Durative Phrases as Numeral-Classifier Phrases in Chinese. Taiwan Journal of Linguistics (Special Issue on the Grammar of Measurement in Chinese) 12(2): 59-80.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Shi Dingxu. 2013. To Pronounce or Not to Pronounce: Locating Silent Heads in Chinese and English. Studies in Chinese Linguistics 34(1): 55-65.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Yuyun Wang. 2011. Multiple-Classifier Constructions and Nominal Expressions in Chinese. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 20(2): 145-168 [The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10831-011-9072-5].  download


iconPublications - Conference Papers
  • Wei-wen Roger Liao. 2018. Adjunct topicalization and movement-merger asymmetry: A view from MCP. 53rd Linguistics Colloquium at Nanzan. Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & H.-T. Grant Kao. 2017. Argumenthood, MCP, and Chinese topicalization. International Association of Chinese Linguistics 25. Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2017. A unified treatment of A'-dependencies in Chinese. Invited talk at National Tsing Hua University. Hsinchu.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2016. The top-down and bottom-up ways of getting EVEN in Chinese. FOSS-11. Academia Sinica.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2016. The up and down of EVEN. Theoretical Linguistics at Keio (TaLK) 2016. Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Sam Jheng. 2015. A tale of two EVEN's. International Workshop on Syntactic Cartography. Beijing Language and Culture University, China.
  • Leung, Tommi & Wei-wen Roger Liao. 2015. The symmetry of degree expressions. TEAL-10. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Sam Jheng. 2015. How do we get EVEN?. TEAL-10. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2013. The Syntax-Semantics of Durative Phrases in Chinese: The Archimedes' Principle in Linguistics. The LFK Society Young Scholar Symposium. University of Washington, Seattle.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Yuyun Wang. 2013. It's all about "the same". The 8th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-8). National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2013. Searching for the Silent Heads: Ghosts in Syntax. FOSS-9. Chung Cheng University, Chiayi.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Yuyun Wang. 2013. On Differences of 'the Same' and the Same Reference to D. The 31 West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Arizona State University.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2012c. On Modification of Whole and the Uniformity of Syntax. Paper presented in IACL-20, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. August 29.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2012b. The Hole of Whole and the Silent AMOUNT. Paper presented in IsCLL-13. National Taiwan Normal University. June 1.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2012a. On Modification of Whole and Its Theoretical Consequences. Paper presented in the International Conference on Bilingualism and Comparative Syntax. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. May 15.
  • Wang, Yuyun & Wei-wen Roger Liao. 2012. Moving to the Left Periphery: Syntax or PF? Paper presented in the GLOW in Asia IX. Mie University, Japan. September 3.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2011. Where do Parallelisms Come from? Paper presented in Parallel Domain: Locality in syntax/phonology and the representation of constituency - A workshop in honor of the work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud. May, 2011. USC/MOCA.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Jean-Roger Vergnaud. 2010c. Phases and DPs. Paper presented in the GLOW in Asia VIII. Beijing Language and Culture University, China. August, 2010.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2010b. Bare Numeral Indefinites in Chinese: From a minimalist perspective. Paper presented in the 12th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics (IsCLL-12). Academia Sinica, Taiwan. June, 2010.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2010a. Syntax of Existential and Quantity Indefinites in Chinese. Paper presented in IACL-18 & NACCL-22. Harvard University. May, 2010.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2009a. Indefinites in Chinese and the Theory of D-V Merge. Paper presented in NELS-40. MIT. November, 2009.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Yuyun Wang. 2007. Multiple Wh-construction and its Interpretation in Chinese. Paper presented in the 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS-38). Ottawa University, Canada. October, 2007. Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Yuyun Wang. 2008. Multiple-Classifier Constructions and Nominal Expressions in Chinese. Paper presented in NELS-39. Cornell University. November, 2008.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2006. Building Chinese Event Structure from Durative Phrases. Paper presented in the IACL-14 and IsCLL-10 Joint Conference. Academia Sinica, Taiwan. May, 2006.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2005b. Event Boundary and the Syntax-Semantics of BA in Chinese. Paper presented in TEAL-3. Harvard University. July, 2005.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2005a. Argument Projection and Chinese Unaccusative. Paper presented in the 5th Generative Linguistics in the Old Worlds in Asia (GLOW in Asia V). Jawanarlal Nerhu University, India. October, 2005.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2004. Telicity, Resultativity, and Durativity. Paper presented in the 2nd International Theoretical East Asian Linguistics Workshop (TEAL-2). National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. June, 2004.
  • Lin, Tzong-Hong & Wei-wen Roger Liao. 2003. Eliminating the Right Adjunction in Chinese: Evidence from Clauses of Result in Chinese. Paper presented in the 2nd Conference on Formal Semantics and Syntax (FOSS-2). Academia Sinica, Taiwan. September, 2003.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2003. The Chain Interpretation and Word Order in Chinese. Paper presented in the 3rd Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics (CEACL 3). Ghent University, Belgium. September, 2003.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2003. On the Passive Nature of the Voice System in Atayal. Paper presented in the 2nd Workshop on Formosan Languages. Academia Sinica, Taiwan. November, 2003.


iconPublications - Book chapters
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2015. Grammatical relations. The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Vol 10 324-329. James D. Wright, Oxford: Elsevier.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger and Yuyun Wang. 2015. The same difference: Comparative syntax-semantics of English same and Chinese tong/xiang-tong. Chinese Syntax in a Cross-linguistic Perspective, 128-146. eds. Audrey Li, Andrew Simpson, and Wei-tien Dylan Tsai, Oxford University Press.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2014. On the Loss of Identity and Emergence of Order: Symmetry Breaking in Linguistic Theory. Identity Relations in Grammar, 289-322. eds. Henk van Riemsdijk and Kuniya Nasukawa, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2014. Morphology. Handbook of Chinese Linguistics 3-25. eds. C.-T. James Huang, Y.-H. Audrey Li, & Andrew Simpson, Blackwell.  download
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Jean-Roger Vergnaud. 2013. On Merge-markers and Nominal Structures. Primitive Elements of Grammatical Theory: Papers by Jean-Roger Vergnaud and His Collaborators, 237-273. eds. Katherine McKinney-Bock and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta, New York: Routledge.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2013. Indefinites in Chinese and the Theory of D-V Merge. Proceedings of NELS 40(2): 55-66. eds. Seda Kan, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Robert Staubs, Amherst: GLSA Publications.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Yuyun Wang. 2011. Multiple Classifiers Construction and Nominal Expressions in Chinese. Proceedings of NELS 39(1): 545-558. eds. Susi Lima, Kevin Mullin, and Brian Smith, Amherst: GLSA Publications.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2010. Generalized Boundary and Chinese Unaccusative Construction. The Proceedings of GLOW in Asia 5: 166-193. eds. Richa Nguyen Chi Duy Khuong and Samar Sinha, Mysore: Central Institute of Indian Languages.
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger & Yuyun Wang. 2009. Multiple Wh-construction and its Interpretations in Chinese. The Proceedings of NELS 38(2): 63-74. eds. Anisa Shardl, Martin Walkow, and Muhammad Abdurrahman, Amherst: GLSA Publications.


iconPublications - Other
  • Liao, Wei-wen Roger. 2011. The Symmetry of Syntactic Relations . PhD Dissertation, University of Southern California.  download


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