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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: Quantification in the domain of events


Yiyang is a second-year PhD student in theoretical and applied linguistics. Her research centres on syntax, semantics, morphology, and their interfaces. Her PhD project investigates quantification in the domain of events with a focus on Mandarin numeral classifiers. 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; aktionsart; telicity; diminutives; grammaticalization.



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Conference papers

  • Guo, Yiyang. 2023. Theme maximalization encoded by verbal classifiers: bian in Mandarin Chinese. International Workshop on Maximalization Strategies in the Event Domain, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, 17-19 April.
  • Guo, Yiyang & Shumian Ye. 2022. Pluractionality via competition: VV in Mandarin Chinese. Sinn und Bedeutung 27, Charles University, Prague, 14-16 September.
  • Guo, Yiyang. 2022. Diminutives at word level and root level: -er in Colloquial Beijing Mandarin. Dissecting Morphological Theory 3 (held in conjunction with International Morphology Meeting 20), Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics, Budapest, 1-4 September. 
  • Guo, Yiyang. 2020. The mechanism of lexicalization in hen-shi. 32nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, University of Connecticut, online, 18–20 September.
  • Guo, Yiyang. 2019. The syntactic position of duration phrases in Chinese. 3rd International Symposium on Chinese Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University College Cork, Cork, 12–14 December.
  • Guo, Yiyang. 2019. Chinese verbal classifiers at the syntax-semantics interface. 27th Annual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe, 10–12 May.



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