Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Yan Cong
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Linguistics PhD Student


Yan is a Ph.D. student in linguistics. Her main research interests are syntax (theoretical/experimental), semantics and psycholinguistics. She received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Jilin Normal University, China and M.A. in linguistics from The Hong Kong Baptist University. She has been a RA at The HKBU and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a TA for the Chinese Program at MSU.

Yan is currently the TA for the linguistics department at MSU. She is a member of the MSU semantics group, the acquisition lab, and the neurolinguistics lab. She studied the syntax acquisition of the potential complement in Mandarin Chinese, VP-ellipsis in Cantonese, and Chinese words segmentation and PoS tagging. She is currently working on the argument structure of Mandarin Chinese. Yan enjoys cycling, old movies and cello concerto in her free time.