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Zhuo Jing-Schmidt

PI and Director of Oregon Chinese Flagship Program
East Asian Languages
Phone: 541-346-4023
Office: 318 Friendly Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday 10AM-12PM
Research Interests: Cognitive Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Historical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics


I am interested in languages as a window into cognition, emotion and culture and as a barometer of social discourse and societal change. Therefore, my research focus is not linguistic structure and meaning per se, but the conceptual significance, psychological grounding and sociocultural ramifications of language as a tool of communication and a transmitter of culture. 

Education: BA - Peking University; MAs - Peking University, UCLA; PhD in General Linguistics - University of Cologne, Germany

Areas of Research:

Sociolinguistics: popular and political discourse, language and gender, new media in contemporary China

Cognitive Linguistics: Emotion and language, metaphor, categorization and conceptualization

Linguistic pragmatics: Grammar, meaning, language use, and pragmatically driven language change

Applied Linguistics: Chinese second language acquisition and pedagogy, second language identity development


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Refereed books 
2019C-R. Huang, Z. Jing-Schmidt, B. Meisterernst (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics. London: Routledge. 
2013Increased Empiricism: Recent Advances in Chinese Linguistics. (Editor) Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
2005.Dramatized Discourse: The Mandarin Chinese ba-construction. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins
 Peer-reviewed journal papers:
2018.Jing-Schmidt, Z. & X. Peng. The sluttified sex: Verbal misogyny relfects and reinforces gender order in wireless China. Language in Society 47(3), 385-408.
2017.What are they good for? A constructionist account of counterfactuals in ordinary Chinese. Journal of Pragmatics 113, 30-52. 
2016.Jing-Schmidt, Z. & X. Peng. Winds and tigers: Metaphor choice in China’s anti-corruption discourse. Lingua Sinica 3(1), 1-26. Open access journal.
2016.Jing-Schmidt, Z. & X. Peng. The emergence of disjunction: A history of constructionalization in Chinese. Cognitive Linguistics 27(1), 101-136
2015.The place of linguistics in CSL teaching and teacher education: Toward a usage-based onstructionist theoretical orientation. JCLTA 50(3), 1-22
2015.Jing-Schnidt, Z. Peng, X. & Chen J. From corpus analysis to grammar instrucion: Toward a usage-based constructionist approach to constructional stratification. JCLTA 50(2), 109-138.
2014.Chen, Ying & Jing-Schmidt, Zhuo. The Mandarin LVS construction: Lexical semantics and grammatical aspect. Cognitive Linguistics 25(1), 1-27
2013. From analysis of interlanguage development to CFL curriculum design: Implications of research on content-based instruction. 《世界汉语教学》 27(1), 144-155.
2012.Z. Jing-Schmidt & V. Kapatsinski. The apprehensive: Fear as endorphoric evidence and its pragmatics in English, Mandarin, and Russian. Journal of Pragmatics 44, 346-373.
2012.Differential effects of content-based instruction models on advanced Chinese language acquisition. Journal of Chinese Teaching and Researc in the U.S. 4, 16-26.
2012.Maternal affective input in mother-child interaction: A cross-cultural perspective. Chinese Language and Discourse 3(1), 57- 89.
2012.Z. Jing-Schmidt & V. Kapatsinski. The apprehensive: Fear as endorphic evidence and its pragmatics in English, Mandarin, and Russian. Journal of Pragmatics 44, 346-373.
2011.Z. Jing-Schmidt & Ting Jing. Embodied sematics and pragmatics: Empathy, sympathy and two passive constructions in Chinese media discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 43, 2826-2844
2011.高年级汉语习作中零指代使用的跨语言背景比较. (Zero anaphora in higher level Chinese writings across learner backgrounds) 世界汉语教学》Shijie Hanyu Jiaoxue25(2), 258-267.
2010. From positivity to possibility, propriety and necessity: semantic change in culture. Chinese Language and Discourse Studies 1 (1), 66-92.
2009.Z. Jing-Schmidt and Hongyin Tao. The Mandarin disposal constructions: usage and development. Language and Linguistics 10(1), 29-58.
2009. Z. Jing-Schmidt and S. Th. Gries. Schematic meaning and pragmatic inference: Mandarin adverbs hai, zai andyouCorpora 4(1), 33-70.
2008. Much mouth much tongue: Chinese metonymies and metaphors of verbal behavior. Cognitive Linguistics19(2), 241-282.
2008. The manifestation of emotion: On the Mandarin Chinese nandao interrogation. Journal of Chinese Linguistics36(2), 211-226
2007.Negativity bias in language: a cognitive affective model of emotive intersifiers. Cognitive Linguistics 18(3), 417-443.