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Zhuo Jing-Schmidt

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



Selected Recent publications


Jun Lang & Z. Jing-Schmidt. The blurry lines between popular media and party propaganda: China’s convergence culture through a linguistic lens. PLOS One.

Jing-Schmidt, Z. Grammatical surprise: on the cognitive affective mechanism of linguistic dramaticity. 《当代语言学》Contemporary Linguistics 26(3), 317-335.


Jun Lang & Z. Jing-Schmidt. Gendered social address in China's convergence culture: the case of meinü (beautiful woman). China Information 37(3), 382-405


Jing-Schmidt, Z., Jun Lang, Heidi H. Shi, Steffi Hung, & Lin Zhu. 2022. Aspect construal in Mandarin: A usage-based constructionist perspective on LE. Linguistics 60(2), 541-577.

Jing-Schmidt, Z. Sentence-final Particles: Sociolinguistic and Discourse Perspectives. In C. Huang, Y. Lin, I. Chen, & Y. Hsu (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Chinese Linguistics (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics, 597-615. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108329019.031

Lang, Jun & Jing-Schmidt, Z. Building collocational knowledge between lexicon and grammar. In F. Yuan & B. He (eds.), Pedagogical grammar and grammar pedagogy in Chinese as a Second Language, 34-55. London: Routledge.DOI:10.4324/9781003161646-5


Wang, H., H. Shi, Z. Jing-Schmidt. Affective stance in constructional idioms: A usage-based constructionist approach to Mandarin [yòu X yòu Y]. Journal of Pragmatics 177, 29-50.

Jun Lang, Wesley W. Erickson, & Z. Jing-Schmidt. #MaskOn! #MaskOff! Digital polarization of mask-wearing in the United States during COVID-19. PLOS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0250817 (Open Access)

Jing-Schmidt, Z. Euphemism. In Jan-Ola Östman & Jef Verschueren (eds.), Handbook of Pragmatics Online. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co.


Heidi H. Shi, Sophia X. Liu, & Z. Jing-Schmidt. “Manual action metaphors in Chinese: A usage-based constructionist study”. In B. Basciano, F. Gatti, & A. Morbiato (eds.), 111-130. Corpus-based Research on Chinese Language and Linguistics [Sinica Venetiana 6]. Venice, Italy: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari University Press. DOI 10.30687/978-88-6969-406-6/004 (open access:

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


C-R. Huang, Z. Jing-Schmidt, B. Meisterernst (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics. London: Routledge. 

Jing-Schmidt, Z. & S.-K. Hsieh. “Chinese neologisms“. In C.R. Huang, Z. Jing-Schmidt & B. Meisterernst (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics, 514-534. London: Routledge.

Jing-Schmidt, Z. “Corpus and computational methods within usage-based model of language learning: toward a professional multilingualism.” In X. Lu & B. Chen (eds.), Computational and Corpus Linguistic Approaches to Chinese Language Learning, 13-31. Singapore: Springer.

Jing-Schmidt, Z. “Grammatical constructions and Chinese discourse.” In C. Shei (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis, 102-115. London: Routledge.

Jing-Schmidt, Z. “Cursing, taboo, and euphemism.” In C.R. Huang, Z. Jing-Schmidt & B. Meisterernst (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics, 391-406. London: Routledge.