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Xiaoting Li, PhD

Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics


East Asian Studies

About Me

Dr. Xiaoting Li is an Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta. She received her PhD in linguistics and applied linguistics at Peking University, China, in 2011. She was a DAAD fellow at the University of Potsdam in 2008-2010. Recently, she received the Humboldt Fellowship to conduct her research at the University of Freiburg in Germany in 2019-2021.


Her research interest is language in interaction and multimodal analysis. She uses the methodology of Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics and multimodal analysis in the study of everyday Mandarin talk-in-interaction. Her research explores how multimodal resources such as lexico-syntax, prosody and embodied actions are used by interactants in organizing turns, sequences and courses of actions in Mandarin conversation. The topic of multimodal organization of turns in Mandarin conversation is examined in her book Multimodality, Interaction, and Turn-taking in Mandarin Conversation (John Benjamins, 2014). Her recent work on multimodality in Chinese interaction is published in her co-edited book volume "Multimodality in Chinese Interaction" (Mouton, 2019). 


She teaches in the areas of Chinese linguistics, and language in Chinese society, and supervises graduate students in the field of Chinese linguistics, interaction and multimodal analysis.