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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

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Chen, Zhong and John Hale. "Quantifying structural and non-structural expectations in relative clause processing." Cognitive Science 45. 1 (2021): e12927. Web.
Chen, Zhong, Yuhang Xu, and Zhiguo Xie. "Assessing introspective linguistic judgments quantitatively: the case of The Syntax of Chinese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics 29. 3 (2020): 311-336. Print.
Jager, Lena, et al. "The subject-relative advantage in Chinese: Evidence for expectation-based processing." Journal of Memory and Language. 79-80 (2015): 97-120. Print.
Yun, Jiwon, et al. "Uncertainty in processing relative clauses across East Asian languages." Journal of East Asian Linguistics 24. 2 (2015): 113-148. Print.
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.

Currently Teaching

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.
MLCH-302
3 Credits
This course continues the intermediate level of Chinese study. Knowledge of Pinyin, Chinese characters, and sentence structures covered by the first three semesters of Chinese learning is required before taking this course. The focus continues to be on developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further aspects of Chinese culture are also introduced, in parallel to Chinese language study.
MLCH-449
1 - 4 Credits
An in-depth exploration of the Chinese language and culture focusing on skills/topics that are not covered in sequential regular language courses. Prerequisite: varies; contact the instructor.

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