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Zhong Chen

Assistant Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-6917
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Zhong Chen

Assistant Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Nanjing Normal University (China); MA, Ph.D., Cornell University

585-475-6917

Currently Teaching

MLCU-549
3 Credits
This upper division seminar constitutes the final core requirement in the Applied Modern Language and Culture degree program. Students majoring in Applied Modern Language and Culture will enroll in this course in their final year of study. The capstone seminar will further develop and sharpen the connection between the students’ professional or technical fields and their linguistic and cultural knowledge of the language of the track The course will involve a variety of written and reading assignments, and/or project which involves professional fields. May be repeated up to twice.
MLCU-302
3 Credits
This course examines the foundational abstract rules, principles, and processes of sentence structure from a cross-linguistic perspective. It explores how different linguistic units, e.g. morphemes, words, and phrases, are combined into syntactic grammatical sentences. This course introduces techniques of syntactic analyses and allows students to address empirical questions regarding syntactic properties of different languages. Topics covered include phrase structures, grammatical relations, and transformations.
MLCH-415
3 Credits
The course gives students an opportunity to study professional Chinese language and culture as well as to practice presentation and negotiation skills, especially in professional and formal contexts. Students will improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills developed in the elementary/intermediate sequence to master formal interactions in Chinese. They will learn professional vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical structures through readings, conversation, and discussion. They will cultivate expressive skills through discussion, writing assignments, and a video tutorial project. This course will be useful for students who are planning to seek employment in Chinese companies or in companies doing business in Chinese speaking areas, and also for students who want to learn more about business in Chinese culture. This is a language class; proficiency equivalent to Intermediate Chinese II is required.
MLCH-201
4 Credits
This course is designed for beginners, with no prior study of Chinese. It introduces students to the sounds, basic sentence structures, and the writing system of Mandarin Chinese. Pinyin, the Romanization (phonetic transliteration) of Mandarin Chinese, is taught and required throughout the course. Students also learn to read and write Chinese characters. Emphasis is on developing listening and speaking skills, as well as building a vocabulary based on the ideographic Chinese characters. Chinese culture is also introduced through the course. Students must take a placement exam if this is their first RIT class in Chinese and they have some prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Select Scholarship

Book Chapter
Chen, Zhong and John Hale. "Parsing Chinese relative clauses with syntactic and non-syntactic cues." Topics in Theoretical Asian Linguistics. Ed. Edith Aldridge and Kunio Nishiyama. Amsterdam, Netherland: John Benjamins, 2018. 253-283. Print. *
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Chen, Zhong. "Determinants of Inhibitory Interference in Processing Reflexive-antecedent Dependencies." Proceedings of the The 40th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Ed. . Madison, WI: n.p.. «
Chen, Zhong. "Interference type and distractor prominence in processing reflexive- antecedent dependencies." Proceedings of the The 31st CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Ed. . Davis, CA: n.p.. «