Prior to teaching at UW-Madison, Professor Zhang taught at Fudan University, San Diego Mesa College, and the National University of Singapore. In the past three years, he adjunctively served Nankai University as Shiing-shen Chern Chair Professor of Chinese Linguistics. Professor Zhang has served the International Association of Chinese Linguistics as its Executive Secretary since 1999 and the resident director of UW-Tianjin Summer Chinese Program since 2004.
Professor Zhang is currently serving as the Honorary Director of Nankai Linguistics Institute. He is also the recipient of Changjiang Scholar Award (Ministry of Education of People's Republic of China, 2009), two-time winner of the Honored Instructor Award (Office of Academic Initiatives of UW-Madison, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009), Vilas Associate Award (UW-Madison, 2003-05), and two-time winner of the Chiang Ching Kuo Research Grant Award (Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 1997-99 and 2005-06).
The books that he has authored, edited, and translated (those marked with * are in Chinese) include Phonology in Generative Grammar, translated from Michael Kenstowicz’s book (Commercial Press, Beijing, forthcoming), *Overseas Chinese Linguistics (World Books Publishing Company, Beijing, 2010), Linguistics in China (World Books Publishing Company, 2009), *Interface Studies between Literature and Languages: A Perspective from Chinese (Nankai University Press, 2008), Linguistics and its Application in Language Teaching (Hong Kong Institute of Education Press, 2003), Grammata Serica Recensa, translated (with extensive annotation) from Bernhard Karlgren’s book (Shanghai Lexicographical Publishing House, 1997), etc.
His publications also include journal articles and book chapters such as, “Labial-labial Co-occurrence Constraint in Cantonese” (in Macao Journal of Linguistics, No. 31-32, 2008), “On Language Change: A Case Study of Morphosyntactic Diffusion” (in Language and Linguistics Monograph Series, No. W-8, 2008), “Speak Mandarin Campaign and Senior Citizens among Chinese Singaporeans: A Linguistic Perspective” (in Journal of Chinese Sociolinguistics, vol. 2, 2004), “Chinese Etyma for River” (in Journal of Chinese Linguistics, vol. 26, No. 1, 1998), “Lexical and Postlexical Tone Sandhi in Chongming” (in Studies in Chinese Phonology, 1997), “The C-command Approach to Morphosyntax” (in Chinese Languages and Linguistics, vol. 3, 1997), “On Directions and Tiers of Tone-Spreading: Case Study of Danyang” (in Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, vol. 26, No. 1-2, 1996), “The Grammaticalization of bei in Chinese” (in Chinese Languages and Linguistics, vol. 2, 1994), etc.
Chinese linguistics; Interface between syntax & phonology; Prosodic phonology; Tonology; Poetic prosody; History of Chinese language; Chinese Philology; Teaching Chinese as a second language.
Prosodic phonology, language change, rules/forms of classical poetic composition (with respect to tonal pattern and rhyme scheme), and Teaching Chinese as a second language (esp. tonal acquisition).
First Year Chinese, Second Year Chinese, Third Year Chinese, Fourth Year Chinese, Introduction to Chinese Linguistics, History of Chinese Language, Studies in Chinese Phonology and Morphology, Seminar in Chinese Linguistics.