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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Yiyang Guo

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College: Trinity College


Supervisor: Prof Ian Roberts and Dr Theresa Biberauer

Research Topic: Countability in the domain of events



Yiyang is a first-year PhD student in theoretical and applied linguistics. Her research centres on syntax, semantics, morphology, and their interfaces. She received her MA from Peking University in July 2021 with a dissertation looking at how counting in the domain of events is encoded in Mandarin via overt and covert numeral-classifier constructions. Yiyang is also interested in diminutives from a cross-linguistic perspective.



General: syntax and its interaction with semantics, pragmatics, and morphology; historical linguistics.

Specific: countability; pluractionality; verb reduplication; diminutives; grammaticalization.


Conference papers

Guo, Y. 2020. The mechanism of lexicalization in hen-shi. The 32nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL), University of Connecticut, US, 18–20 September.

Guo, Y. 2019. The syntactic position of duration phrases in Chinese. The 3rd International Symposium on Chinese Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (ISOCTAL), University College Cork, Ireland, 12–14 December.

Guo, Y. 2019. Chinese verbal classifiers at the syntax-semantics interface. The 27th Annual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL), Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan, 10–12 May.


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