Li, Xiaoting & Ono, Tsuyoshi (eds.) (2019): Multimodality in Chinese Interaction. De Gruyter Mouton: Berlin. 


Li, Xiaoting (2020): Interpersonal touch in conversational joking. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 53(3):357-379.

Li, Xiaoting (2020): Click-initiated self-repair in changing the sequential trajectory of Actions-in-progress. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 53(1): 90-117.

Center for Research

Chinese Multimodality Lab

The Chinese Multimodality Lab (CML) at the University of Alberta was founded in 2013. It is a center for research on multimodal Chinese interaction, and grammar, prosody, and body movement in interaction. It brings together scholars and students to study Chinese language and multimodal interaction. The lab members work particularly from the methodological standpoints of conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, and multimodal analysis. The lab is led by Xiaoting Li, Professor of Chinese Linguistics in the Department of East Asian Studies.

Funded Research

International Scientific Network "Interactional Linguistics"

Role: Invited network member Xiaoting Li 
Organizers: Martin Pfeiffer (University of Freiburg) & Katharina König (University of Münster)
Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)

"Devotional Cults and Medieval Nara Buddhism: Explorations in Lived Religion"

April 2021- March 2026
Role: Principal Investigador David Quinter
Funded by SSHRC Insight Grant

A cross-linguistic comparative study of “if…” conditional clauses in Mandarin and English conversations.

Role: Co-investigator Xiaoting Li with Dr. Elisabeth Reber (University of Würzburg)
Funded by: Research Fellowship of Siebold-Collegium Institute for Advanced Studies (SCIAS), University of Würzburg

By Professors Emeritus

Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers

Biography, Bibliography, and Critical Assessment
By Laifong Leung


In the years since the death of Mao Zedong, interest in Chinese writers and Chinese literature has risen significantly in the West. In 2000, Gao Xingjian became the first Chinese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature followed by Mo Yan in 2012, and writers such as Ha Jin and Da Sijie have also become well known in the West. Despite this progress, the vast majority of Chinese writers remain largely unknown outside of China.

This book introduces the lives and works of eighty contemporary Chinese writers, and focuses on writers from the "Rightist" generation (Bai Hua, Gao Xiaosheng, Liu Shaotang), writers of the Red Guard generation (Li Rui, Wang Anyi), Post-Cultural Revolution Writers, as well as others. Unlike earlier works, it provides detailed, often first-hand, biographical information on this wide range of writers, including their career trajectories, major themes and artistic characteristics. In addition to this, each entry includes a critical presentation and evaluation of the writer’s major works, a selected bibliography of publications that includes works in Chinese, works translated into English, and critical articles and books available in English.

Offering a valuable contribution to the field of contemporary Chinese literature by making detailed information about Chinese writers more accessible, this book will be of interest to students and scholars Chinese Literature, Contemporary Literature and Chinese Studies.

A Study of Liu Yong and His Lyrics

By Laifong Leung


The Chinese-English combined edition of The Study of Liu Yong and His Lyrics 柳永及其词之研究is Professor Laifong Leung’s new contribution to the study of classical Chinese poetry. Each edition constitutes two parts: the first is devoted to the reconstruction of the life of the Song Dynasty romantic lyricist Liu Yong 柳永 (985?-1053) which was little known; the second part contains five chapters which, by combining quantitative approach with close analysis, explore Liu Yong’s creative use of tune patterns, the poetic worlds of his lyrics, diction and imageries, rhythm and continuity, and structural techniques. A chapter on Liu Yong’s use of poetic closure is also added in the addendum. This 506pp book also includes the map of Liu Yong’s life, notes, appendices, bibliography, and index.