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Heidi (Hui) Shi

Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics
Graduate Employee
East Asian Languages
Phone: 541-346-4090
Office: 27 Friendly Hall
Research Interests: Language and gender, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, digital media and language, Chinese as a second language pedagogy


Heidi Hui Shi (Shí Huì 石慧) obtained her doctoral degree specializing in Chinese Linguistics from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon, in June 2021.
She also holds a B.A. in International Economics and Trade from Southeast University (Nanjing, China), an M.A. in International Studies and East Asian Studies from Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea), and another M.A. in Linguistics from University of Oregon (Eugene, USA).
From 2015 to 2021, she served as a Graduate Employee (GE) of UO, where she taught Chinese and Korean language courses of various proficiency levels and two linguistics content courses: (1) East Asian Languages and Societies; (2) Chinese/Japanese/Korean Pedagogy.
As a Chinese linguist, she looks forward to contributing to the study of Chinese language and culture in the US, EU, and beyond. By doing so, her research focuses on facilitating Chinese language and culture instruction through accelerating the exchange of quality scholarship, expertise, and teaching materials. In particular, her study aims to bridge the gap between theoretical research and in-field Chinese teaching and learning. From a usage-based approach, she explores the interaction between Chinese language phenomena and cognition to provide an empirical basis for teaching and learning the language. She is also dedicated to the study of online neologisms and social labels in the digital age, which is an angle to explore the interaction between language and human social well-being. 
As a summary, Dr. Shi's current research interest lies in Chinese as a Second Language Pedagogy, Chinese Construction Grammar, Gender and Language, Gender Socialization, Metaphor, Digital Media and Language, Corpus Linguistics, and Quantitative Methods using R.
Her language areas include Mandarin Chinese, Korean and English.  
For more information, please check her ORCID, ResearchGate, Academic Profile and Google Scholar pages.


Peer-reviewed Journals


1.     Jing-Schmidt, Z., Lang, J., Shi, H. H., Hung, S. H., & Zhu, L. 2022. “Aspect construal in Mandarin: A usage-based constructionist perspective on LE” Journal of Linguistics,60. (Forthcoming)

2.     Wang, H., Shi, H. H. (co-first author), & Jing-Schmidt, Z. (2021). Affective stance in constructional idioms: A usage-based constructionist approach to Mandarin [yòu X yòu Y]. Journal of Pragmatics, 177, 29–50. (

3.     Jing-Schmidt, Z., Lang, J., Hung, S. H., Shi, H. H., and Liu, S. X. 2021. “Oh, the things that smell! A corpus study of olfactory metaphors in English” Cognitive Linguistics. (Accepted)

4.     Shi, H. H., & Jing-Schmidt, Z. (2020). Little cutie one piece: An innovative human classifier and its social indexicality in Chinese digital culture. Chinese Language and Discourse, 11(1), 31–54. (

Book Chapters


5.     Shi, H. H., Liu, S. X. & Jing-Schmidt, Z. (2020). Manual Action Metaphors in Chinese: A Usage-Based Constructionist Study. In Corpus-based Research on Chinese Language and Linguistics [Sinica Venetiana] (1.0, Vol. 6, pp. 125–143). Fondazione Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italia. (

Conference Papers


6.     Shi, H. H. (2021). Méi: An innovative human classifier and its social indexicality in Chinese digital culture. Proceedings of the 17th International Pragmatics Conference, Winterthur, Switzerland (p.161).

7.     Shi, H. (2019). Comparing L1 and L2 Chinese vowels: A pilot study of linguistic training in the language classroom. Proceedings of ACTFL 2019 Annual Convention and World Language Expo, Washington DC, USA.

8.     Jing-Schmidt, Z., Hung, S. H., Lang, J., Shi, H. H., Zhu, L. (2019). Bridging usage-based theory, corpus research, and grammar teaching: An innovative approach to le. Proceedings of 2019 CLTA Annual Conference at Seattle, WA, USA (p.15).

9.     Shi, H. (2018). The diminished online persona: A semantic change of Chinese classifier méi on Weibo. Proceedings of the 20th International Research Conference, Paris, France August 27-28, 2018, 20 (8), Part XVII: 2096.,--2018,-20-(8)-Part-XVII.pdf

10.   Jing-Schmidt, Z., Peng, X., Shi, H., Zhu, L. (2016). Teaching Chinese collocations: integrating vocabulary and grammar in CSL. Proceedings of 2016 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Language Expo at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA, USA (p. 16).

11.   Jing-Schmidt, Z., Peng, X., Zhu, L., Shi, H. (2016). Usage-based constructionist theory and task-based Chinese language teaching. Proceedings of the 2nd CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning, College Park, MD, USA (p.44).