Prior to joining the faculty of EALL at UW-Madison, Professor Zhang taught at Fudan University, San Diego Mesa College, and National University of Singapore. He is now the head of Chinese Language Program and the director of UW-Tianjin Summer Chinese Program. He is also the recipient of Distinguished Professor of the Global Experts Recruitment Program 天津千人計劃特聘教授 (Tianjin, 2016), Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor 長江學者講座教授 (awarded by Ministry of Education in China, 2009), and Chern Shiing-shen Chair Professor 陳省身講席教授 (Nankai University, 2006). He is currently serving as the Honorary Director of Nankai Linguistics Institute. Besides, he is also the 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 most recent award that he won is Teacher of the Year 2015 awarded by the Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers.
Professor Zhang served the International Association of Chinese Linguistics as its executive secretary from 2000 to 2014. He is now the executive editor of the International Journal of Chinese Linguistics (since 2014), the series editor of Routledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics (since 2015), and the editor of The Encyclopedia of China in charge of the volume of Phonology and Poetic Prosody (3rd edition).
The books that he has (co)authored, (co)edited, and (co)translated include Phonology-Syntax Interface: Argumentation from Tone Sandhi in Chinese Dialects (Routledge, 2016), Tonal Prosody in Yongming Style Poems (Nankai University Press, 2015), Linguistics in China (World Books Publishing Company, two volumes, 2010 & 2014), Linguistics Abroad 語言學譯林 (World Books Publishing Company, two volumes, 2011 & 2013), Interface Studies between Literature and Languages 文學和語言的界面研究 (Nankai University Press, 2008), Linguistics and its Application in Language Teaching (Hong Kong Institute of Education, 2003), and Bernhard Karlgren’s Grammata Serica Recensa 漢文典 (Shanghai Lexicographical Publishing House, with extensive annotation, 1997).
His published journal articles and book chapters include (just to name some of those written in English): “On the Origin of Chinese Tonal Prosody: Argumentation from a Case Study of Shen Yue’s Poems”, in The Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 2, No. 2, 2015; “A New Approach to Chinese Poetic Prosody: the Case of Pair-wise Tonal Contrasts in Three Yongming Collections”, in Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, vol. 37, 2015; “Middle Chinese Phonology and Qieyun”, in The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. 2015; “Some Issues in the Study of Chinese Poetic Prosody”, in Breaking down the Barriers: Interdisciplinary Studies in Chinese Linguistics and Beyond. Special issue of Language and Linguistics, 2013; “Tonal Representation of Chinese Wenzhou Dialect”, in The Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics, vol. 5.2, 2011; “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; syntax-phonology interface study; prosodic phonology; poetic prosody; history of Chinese language; 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.